Known as “The Prince of New Orleans,” Davell Crawford is one of the city’s most exciting performers. His imaginative original music incorporates traditional jazz, gospel, funk and R&B elements into an intoxicating rhythmic stew. This preternaturally gifted pianist and vocalist has taken the stage with a who’s who list of New Orleans musicians, from Dr. John and Jon Cleary (a special Blues Tent event at the 2010 Jazz & Heritage Festival) to his own remarkable trio dates and his large ensemble, The Davell Crawford Singers.
Crawford knows of royal lineage: his grandfather, James “Sugar Boy” Crawford, is a New Orleans treasure who wrote a song known today as “Jock-A-Mo;” his godmother is none other than Roberta Flack. Even with connections like these, Davell determinedly stakes his own claim to the Crescent City sound.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“…next in a line of New Orleans piano whizzes.” -NPR
“Plain and simple, Davell Crawford is one of the most talented musicians alive!” -Blues Access
“Crawford’s versatility continues to serve him well.” -CD Universe
“… one of those prodigious talents that strikes like a bolt of lighting, creating one of those ‘I saw him when…’ moments that every music fan covets. Crawford lived up to his reputation from the word go… Crawford produced an infectious sound that defies category.” -The DCist