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!
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