Perfume River
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Perfume River

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
Band R&B Americana


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"on Jon Carroll"

“Jon Carroll is a one man
band, a poet, a songwriter,
a singer of every kind of
song and above all, a
musician’s musician. This
wonderful record shows
the remarkable confluence
of his gifts, and I can also
attest to his being a
not-to-be-missed performer.” - Mary Chapin Carpenter

"on Jon Carroll's LOVE RETURNS"

“There are so many good cuts that
I can’t choose which one to put into
regular rotation. So, I play them all.” - WSGI Radio

"on Sherri Edelen"

"Edelen shines." - Curtain Up

"on David Maddox"

"The [music of the] show was magnificent." - Variety

"on David Maddox"

"Pure magic." - Washington Post


A CD by Perfume River is in the works, but the band members have a long discography, including Grammy-winner Jon Carroll's recent release "Love Returns" on Azalea City Records. David Maddox and Ralph Gordon (a former member of Trapezoid) both have multiple releases.



It's a New Orleans song cycle about love, magic, and the qualities of swamp water. LOVE CONJURES ALL!!

"PERFUME RIVER: A SWAMP WATER LOVE STORY" Marie loves Jon the piano player. Does he love her? At the Crawdaddy near New Orleans, the late-night crowd finds the rhythm and blues of a night transformed by an aphrodisiac nonpareil – the swamp water out back!

PERFUME RIVER is also a stage musical centered around a band in a Louisiana bar called the Crawdaddy. The songs, all Louisiana style R&B, are what the band Perfume River plays. Hot, beautiful, soulful, and sweet.

The music is all written by multiple Grammy-winner Jon Carroll and award-winning composer and performer David Maddox. (For the stage musical they are joined by another Helen Hayes winner, writer Mary Hall Surface.) The band is a great collection of Washington and New York talent. In addition to Maddox and Carroll, Perfume River includes former Trapezoid bassist Ralph Gordon, drummer Dwayne Nitz, and Helen Hayes Award winning stage singer Sherri Edelen.