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Allen Toussaint featured on The New Eric Clapton CD


New Eric Clapton CD

Features Allen Toussaint- Out September 28



The new Eric Clapton CD (titled Clapton, to be released September 28) features JJ CaleAllen Toussaint and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.  JJ Cale collaborates on 4 songs: 2 of which he wrote ("River Runs Deep" and "Everything Will Be Alright") and 2 of which are duets with Eric (the aforementioned "River Runs Deep" and "No Way To Get Along").  Allen and Troy are featured on 2 songs ("My Very Good Friend The Milkman" and "When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful"), both of which also feature Wynton Marsalis.  Walt Richmond, a JJ Cale band member, plays keyboards on every track.  Walt played on the GRAMMY winning gold record by JJ Cale / Eric Clapton, The Road to Escondido, and has recently been a member of Eric's touring band.



Allen Toussaint To Support Neil Young Solo Dates


Allen Toussaint will be supporting Neil Young on six of his solo tour dates in late September. Allen will also be performing solo. Four of the shows are Gulf Coast benefits(September 20, 25, 26, 28) for which Neil has teamed up withTyson Foods to fight hunger in Gulf Coast communities affected by the oil spill. Tyson will donate 100,000 pounds of chicken and Neil is asking concertgoers to bring non-perishable food items to the gigs. All donations will be given to the Bay Area Food Bank, which serves communities in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, all proceeds from limited-edition Neil Young shirts, available only at the Gulf concerts, will go to help the relief effort. Check out Allen's shows with Neil, Allen's own shows, and his special tour dates in the fall with Nicholas Payton and the Joe Krown Trio, check more Allen Toussaint's date on the Tour Page.



Montreal International Jazz Festival 2010: Allen Toussaint at Theatre Jean-Duceppe of Place des Arts; July

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There was a wonderful moment during Allen Toussaint's superb concert at Theatre Jean-Duceppe of Place des Arts last night. With only clarinetist Don Byron on stage with him for Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Toussaint seemed to marvel at Byron's wonderfully melodic playing. When Byron had completed a particularly satisfying lick, Toussaint looked slyly over at the audience, grinned and raised his eyebrows. He seemed to be saying "Aren't we all lucky to be here listening to this?"

Were we ever! Toussaint continued to claim ownership of the jazz festival's closing days with a very different show from his magical one-man journey at the Gesu Sunday night. Showcasing his brilliant album of jazz standards, The Bright Mississippi, Toussaint was supported by the same astonishing group of musicians that backed him on the album --- a retro term he proudly reclaimed.

Apart from Byron, who played "everything with a reed," in Toussaint's words, Nicholas Payton blew trumpet, Herman Lebeaux sat behind the drum kit, David Pilch laid it down on bass and Marc Ribot handled the guitar work. The five top-notch players blended marvelously, with Toussaint's piano licks keeping a New Orleans flavour locked into these well-loved compositions. If anything, it was even more engaging live than it is on the disc.

Proving that the tone of a show can make a huge difference to the audience reaction. Toussaint gave the band a break and reprised the previous night's musical Tourette's extended solo, with its snippets of everything from show tunes to classical evergreens and R&B. At the more lighthearted Gesu concert, the crowd chuckled and had a great time with it. Last night being a less talkative, more serious affair, they sat in hushed admiration and waited until it was over to voice approval.

Toussaint's long story about visiting his family in the country, with Southern Nights as the foundation, was also flown in from the Sunday night show. And it was just as charming the second time, if a little jarring within the Bright Mississippi context.

"I don't take this for granted," Toussaint assured the audience, referring to the enthusiastic reaction.

Nor do we.

--- Bernard Perusse --


Jimmy Buffet's Free Gulf Coast Concert


Jimmy Buffett, seen in New York in May, has announced a free beachside concert in Alabama to help raise the spirits of Gulf Coast residents.

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Due to the pending threat of Hurricane Alex the Gulf Coast Benefit Concert has been postponed until July 11, 2010.  For those not lucky enough to have gotten tickets to this great and worthy cause concert, be sure to check it out on the CMT Network.

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Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett has announced a free concert next week to show his support for the Gulf Coast and to boost the mood of residents.

Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will perform a free show on the beach at Gulf Shores on the Alabama coast on July 1, he announced on his website on the weekend.

Other performers slated to join the Margaritaville singer onstage so far include Allen Toussaint, the Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Sonny Landreth and Jesse Winchester.

According to the statement on Buffett's site, the concert is meant to "demonstrate support for the people, businesses and culture of the Gulf Coast."

The free show will also be broadcast live on CMT.

Alabama tourism officials have also pledged support for the concert, which is being held the same day Buffett's Margaritaville Beach Hotel is scheduled to open on Pensacola Beach, Fla.

Other fundraising events have been held to support relief efforts for victims of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, including the late-May benefit concert Gulf Aid, which saw Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def, Toussaint and Dr. John take the stage in New Orleans.

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Allen Toussaint in HBO Series "TREME"

Catch Allen Toussaint in the New HBO series "TREME".  From David Simon, creator of "The Wire" and Generation Kill", and Eric Overmyer, writer-producer of"homicide" and "Law & Order", the debut series "Treme" is set in post-Katrina New Orleans, chronicling the rebuilding of a unique America culture after historic devastation.  "Treme" refers to one of New Orleans' oldest neighborhoods, an historically important source of African-American music and culture.  Allen Toussaint appears in several episodes and the music of the Souther Knights is also featured through out the series. 



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