Need to Know: Jazz Artist Davell Crawford

6.28.2013

By Jerry Portwood

Known as the 'Piano Prince of New Orleans,' Crawford has released his first album in 14 years. We have an exclusive video of him performing live.

Photo of Davell Crawford by Dino Perucci

There's no denying that Davell Crawford is talented. The grandson of the great vocalist/pianist James "Sugar Boy" Crawford of "Jack-A-Mo" fame and the godson of Roberta Flack, Davell has been playing a heady blend of Americana—blues, jazz, R&B, soul, funk—music since he was 7. Now he's back with his first album in 14 years, My Gift to You, and it's a lively tribute to New Orleans (you can stream it at Paste).

We have an exclusive video of a "Bloody Sunday Session" of Crawford performing "River / White Socks & Drawers" (the album version features Big Freedia) as he and a band of friends take a horse-drawn carriage through the French Quarter of New Orleans. If you like this, you'll want to see Crawford (he's been known to throw down) perform live, and he has a CD release party in New York City at Joe's Pub Saturday, June 29.

Check out the video below:

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