The Official Web Site of Allen Toussaint
Come in and enjoy the life and music of Allen Toussaint. You are about to experience one of the music world's treasures. The Southern Knight has led a surge of music that spans five decades. Collaborations with / Songs covered by Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Patti Labelle, The Who, The Band, Paul McCartney, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Jerry Garcia, Phish, Plant / Krauss and scores of others.
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#2 on The Billboard Jazz Charts
"He was such an influential songwriter and performer," Jagger tweeted Wednesday.
"I don't want y'all thinkin' 'this is just some old legend that passed away' naw," Questlove, founding member of the hip-hop group The Roots, wrote on Instagram.
"This dude wrote some of your favorite music & you just didn't know it."
Toussaint's influence is woven through popular music and hip-hop, he wrote.
"At least 12 'Get Out My Life Woman' snares were like starch in hip hop's daily nutritional chart -- meaning so there you barely notice it," Questlove wrote.
"I'm still in shock and heartbroken after hearing of the news of the passing of my longtime friend, brother in music, teacher, mentor and most gentle person you'll ever meet, Allen Toussaint. He was a true musical treasure and legend that New Orleans shared with the world. Thank you Allen for all the music, good times and the legacy you leave behind for everyone to continue to enjoy. Rest in Peace. Peace & Love," Art "Poppa Funk" Neville
"Music lovers around the world today are mourning the passing of the legendary Allen Toussaint. He was one of the architects of rhythm and blues; a writer of many of America's most well-known and beloved early rock and roll songs. I had the pleasure of hosting him at the Aspen Songwriters Festival some years ago and was honored to be able to perform with him and witness his inspired one man show. Sending love to his family and friends around the world - he will be missed by millions but his music will never die." - John Oates
“Probably no city’s contribution to American popular music has been more distinctive than New Orleans’,” longtime Washington Post rock critic Richard Harrington once wrote,
“and Toussaint, as prolific songwriter, arranger and producer, has been a key shaper of its legacy.”
The Rock Hall described Toussaint as “a producer, bandleader, arranger, songwriter, session musician and all-around musical eminence.”
The Hall added that “although he was inducted in the ‘nonperformer’ category, Toussaint is a talented pianist and performer who has recorded under his own name.”
The Allen Toussaint Band Tribute to Allen Toussaint Sunday May 1, 2016.
Come out and enjoy the music of the Southern Knight and all the Amazing Talent at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival!
A Tribute To The Southern Knight
Allen Toussaint's 75th Birthday Tribute Concert & Benefit Features All-Star Line-Up
Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Art Neville, Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, Deacon John, Rosebud artist, Jon Clearyand more will perform at "Tribute to Toussaint," a benefit concert and tribute to Allen Toussaint celebrating his 75th birthday as well as his legacy and influence as a songwriter, performer, and producer. The event will be held at Harrah's Theater in New Orleans on April 30, 2013 at 8:30pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit New Orleans Artists Against Hunger & Homelessness, a non-profit organization that Toussaint co-founded with Aaron Neville in 1985. Toussaint has a history of working or performing with each of the artists involved in the tribute over the course of his long and highly influential career which includes multiple Grammy nominations and a Grammy Trustees Award, as well as induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Toussaint himself is also expected to perform at the event where LAE Productions and WLAE-TV will be filming for their upcoming documentary about Toussaint. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit noaahh.org.
The Southern Knight Becomes A Doctor
Allen Toussaint To Receive Honorary Doctorate From Tulane University
Allen Toussaint will receive an honorary doctorate degree of Fine Arts at Tulane University's commencement ceremony on May 18th, 2013. Others receiving honorary degrees at this year's ceremony include Dr. John, The Dalai Lama and Pulitzer Prize winner, Natasha Trethewey. His Holiness The Dalai Lama will give the keynote address at the commencement ceremony which will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Honorary Doctorate Award is the highest award that Tulane University confers, and it is given "to individuals who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary achievements" and to "recognize outstanding civic engagement that advances Tulane, New Orleans, the Gulf Coast or the world." Some of Toussaint's past accolades include induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Blues Hall of Fame, and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame; multiple GRAMMY nominations, and a GRAMMY Trustees Award. Actively touring the US and abroad, Toussaint continues his influential work and efforts to spread the musical culture of New Orleans.
Elton John about Allen Toussaint
"when I meet someone like Allen Toussaint - that for me is like meeting, you know, someone the equivalent of the Dalai Lama because for me, he influenced the way I played the piano, he's a historical part of rock and roll."
- Elton John on Elvis Costello's Spectacle
ALLEN TOUSSAINT IS INDUCTED INTO THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
At a star-studded gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Thursday night, legendary singer/pianist/songwriter and record producer Allen Toussaint was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
Veteran rock star Boz Scaggs walked out on stage and sang “Hercules”, Allen’s timeless parable about survival in the modern world which had been a highlight of Boz’s fourth Columbia album “Slow Dancer” back in 1974. Mr. Toussaint then joined him on stage to accompany on piano as Boz sang “Hello My Lover”, another of Allen’s songs which he’d previously recorded but which had started out life on a 1960 single by the late Ernie K-Doe.
The Scaggs/Toussaint set then finished with the two of them duetting on “What Do You Want The Girl To Do”, one of the standout songs from Allen’s landmark 1975Reprise album “Southern Nights”.
Boz then officially presented Allen with his Award and the SRO audience rose to their feet and applauded in heartfelt appreciation.
The Bright Mississippi
Nonesuch Records releases The Bright Mississippi, Allen Toussaint’s first solo album in more than a decade, on April 21, 2009.
2010 GRAMMY Nominee - Best Jazz Instrumental Album - The Bright Mississippi
Critically acclaimed Nonesuch CD -The Bright Mississippi Out Now
Mojo raves "Jazz albums don't come much better” and gives it 4 stars and according to the New York Times "This is a jazz record for people who think they don't like jazz..."
|2010 Grammy Nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Album Individual or Group "The Bright Mississippi"|
|2009 Grammy Trustees Award Winner|
|Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee|
|2007 Grammy Nominated Vocal Album of the Year with Elvis Costello.|
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