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Irma Thomas, Dr. John and Arrangements by Allen Toussaint Featured on Forthcoming Album by Hugh Laurie (Star of FOX TV's House)


Irma ThomasDr. John and horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint are all featured on a forthcoming album by Hugh Laurie (likely known to Americans primarily for his starring role in FOX TV's House series. He's also been a successful comedic actor in his native UK since the late 1980's). The album, Let Them Talk, will be released in the UK May 9, 2011 with a US release to follow in the Fall. Recorded in Los Angeles and New Orleans, the album is a celebration of New Orleans music.

The legendary Allen Toussaint contributes horn arrangements throughout the album. The project was produced by Joe Henry (Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello, Bettye LaVetteAllen Toussaint,Loudon Wainwright III, among others).



Hugh offers an amusingly humble explanation of the record: "I was not born in Alabama in the 1890s. You may as well know this now. I've never eaten grits, cropped a share, or ridden a boxcar. No gypsy woman said anything to my mother when I was born and there's no hellhound on my trail, as far as I can judge. Let this record show that I am a white, middle-class Englishman, openly trespassing on the music and myth of the American south.

If that weren't bad enough, I'm also an actor... Worst of all, I've broken a cardinal rule of art, music, and career paths: actors are supposed to act, and musicians are supposed to music. That's how it works. You don't buy fish from a dentist, or ask a plumber for financial advice, so why listen to an actor's music? The answer is - there is no answer. If you care about provenance and genealogy, then you should try elsewhere, because I have nothing in your size."



Madeleine Peyroux's features Allen Toussaint


 June 2011: Allen Toussaint Featured on Madeleine Peyroux's Newly Released Album, Standing On The Rooftop


Allen Toussaint featured on multi-platinum Vocalist, Madeleine Peyroux's recently released new album, Standing On The Rooftop

This is Madeleine's fifth solo album and she wrote most of the songs herself, though she collaborated with former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman on one song and with violinist Jenny Scheinman (a regular collaborator with Rosebud artist Bill Frisell) on "The Things I've Seen Today." The New York Times has noted that Madeleine Peyroux "has branched out to refine an enigmatic, low-key personal style that is all her own.



TREME (Second Season)





The second episode is titled "Everything I Do Gonn Be Funky"  named after Allen toussaint composition Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky".  Great version performed by the Dirty.The 

The thrid episode is again name after one of Allen Toussaint composition titled "On Your Way Down"   Two more of Allen's compositions are featured in the series one titled Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley performed but Antoine Batiste's band Soul apostle and Tipitina and Me is the featured music in the closing of episode 9.  We thank TREME for including Allen Toussaint and so many other of the great musicians of New Orleans in the series.  Enjoy the show.


Allen Toussaint featured on the New Aaron Neville C.D.


I Know I've Been Changed
By Aaron Neville (EMI Gospel, 2010)


Put the name of New Orleans R&B singer Aaron Neville alongside those of Flannery O’Connor or Walker Percy in your list of great Catholic artists of the past 100 years. Fifty years ago, on a session with legendary pianist Allen Toussaint, Neville’s achingly beautiful tenor voice launched a career that has, in the decades since, taken the singer from the top of the charts to the bottom of the barrel. On this record, again working with Toussaint, Neville and his angelic voice come home to rest in the everlasting arms of gospel music.

Neville grew up in a black Catholic family in New Orleans and says that his faith never wavered. But in the late 1960s, after his first great pop success, Neville fell into a heroin addiction that, he says, was cured through the intervention of St. Jude. That miracle cleared the way for an incredibly productive period in the 1970s and ’80s, both as a solo artist and as the main voice of The Neville Brothers.

On I Know I’ve Been Changed, Neville works with producer Joe Henry, who previously supervised comeback albums for some other legends—Solomon Burke, Mose Allison, and Toussaint himself. Henry strips away the orchestrated gloss that decorated much of Neville’s later solo work and puts him to work singing hard-core, old-time gospel standards such as “Stand By Me” and “I’m So Glad (Trouble Don’t Last)” with a bare-bones band consisting mostly of piano, guitar, bass, and drums.

Neville freely acknowledges that his voice is a gift from God. That attitude has led him to offer his music, unannounced and unheralded, during Mass at New Orleans churches. But he has also taken very good care of his gift. At age 69, the voice is as crystal-clear and supple as it was 30 years ago. Henry’s arrangements give that great instrument plenty of room to wander up and down the scales and in and out of his patented falsetto. The result is a roots-music masterpiece.



25 Years of Feeding The Hungry

 New Orleans Artists Against Hunger & Homelessness

Loyola University New Orleans ~ Campus Box 12 ~ New Orleans, LA 70118 504.481.0331 ~ fax 504.456.2217 ~ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bartholomew, Buffett, Dr. John Join in 25th Anniversary

Musical Talent Galore Joins NOAAHH’s Co-Founder Allen Toussaint

For “Backstage 2010” Fundraiser

       New Orleans – An array of local and national musicians will join Allen Toussaint in a special Dec. 5 concert to help New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH) celebrate its 25th Anniversary of service to the community.

       The headliner-filled event, “Back Stage 2010,” will be held at Generations Hall at 310 Andrew Higgins Drive from 7-10 p.m.

       NOAAHH Co-Founder Allen Toussaint will offer a special performance and welcome a host of talented musicians, many of whom are past performers from 25 years of NOAAHH’s concerts. Featured will be Dr. John, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Bartholomew, Jon Cleary, Irma Thomas, Little Freddie King, Deacon John and The Ivories and more.

       A special Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to a New Orleans legend and long-time NOAAHH supporter, who has performed locally, nationally and internationally for decades.

       Tickets can be purchased online at VIP tickets are $150 and will include second balcony viewing area and served hors d'oeuvres. General Admission tickets are $100. Students with valid student IDs can purchase tickets at the door for $50. The event is black tie optional. All ticket holders will enjoy an open bar and outstanding selection of New Orleans dishes provided by Kajun Kettle and Southern Hospitality Catering who will be joined with local chefs.

       NOAAHH was founded in 1985 when Allen Toussaint, Grammy Trustee Award Recipient songwriter/musician, and Aaron Neville, Grammy Award winner and lead vocalist for the Neville Brothers, brought together a group of New Orleans musicians to perform a concert to benefit the hungry and homeless of metro New Orleans.

       NOAAHH, a successful nonprofit organization governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, to date has distributed more than $1 million to charity since the first NOAAHH concert in 1985.

       For its first 25 years, Sister Jane F. Remson, O.Carm, headed NOAAHH. Allen Toussaint has praised her as, “The Backbone” of the organization and said, “When Sr. Jane calls for help, you just can’t say no, whether it’s to perform or to ask us to contact other artists to join us for concerts.”

       Sr. Jane commented, “From the first day I became president, we have had incredible participation from our musicians and tremendous support from our patrons. I’m confident that our full-volunteer board, now headed by Sid Berger, will continue the fight against hunger and homelessness – still a serious problem in our financially-strapped city.”

       NOAAHH annually presents concerts and gala celebrity mixers to raise funds to help alleviate hunger and homelessness in the New Orleans community. Proceeds from the concerts are distributed by NOAAHH to metro New Orleans philanthropic agencies and charities that are nonprofit and experienced in providing food and shelter to the needy. Over 50 organizations have received NOAAHH grants.


Contacts:Sandra Cordray, 504.782.8907, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sid Berger, 504.481.0331, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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