Playing tracks by
Allen Toussaint, Preservation Hall Jazz Band featuring Allen Toussaint, AllenToussaint, The Showmen, Dr. John and more.
On 11/10/15, the world lost a giant of a man, one of the most important figures in the history of music. Songwriter, arranger, producer, & performer Allen Toussaint recorded amazing works in R&B, soul, rock, doowop, blues, traditional jazz, modern jazz, & of course, FUNK. His imprint on the music of New Orleans, and therefore, the music of America, is indelible. Simply put, if you enjoy any American music made in the last 50 years, you owe a debt to Allen Toussaint.
Personally speaking, we were going to be on the same bill in January at a show that surely would have been one of the highlights of my life. I've idolized this man from the moment I first learned of his existence, and it was an incredible joy to see him deliver phenomenal performances right up until the last note of his life.
A truly comprehensive mix would be several days long, so this just highlights the genre-spanning brilliance of this brilliant and gracious man. Thank you, Allen.
Photo by Dino Perrucci