Allen Toussaint

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

What musician can say he’s played piano in Fats Domino’s stead, coached soul queen Irma Thomas and proto-funk geniuses The Meters, and written “Fortune Teller,” “Working in the Coal Mine” and the theme from The Dating Game? That would be Allen Toussaint, a framing architect of New Orleans R&B, and one of its most prolific proponents. His talents as songwriter and producer are so strong they sometimes outshine his excellence as a performer — he’s simultaneously as elegant as Duke Ellington and as earthy as Mississippi mud. Toussaint’s latest release rectifies that, putting his own chops front and center. Recorded in the New York bar where he gigged while displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Songbook seems simple enough: just the man singing and playing piano by himself, like you’d imagine he does in his own home. But Toussaint proves there’s no better tour guide for the last century of Crescent City music, from his take on “St. James Infirmary” through early hits like “Lipstick Traces” and his own majestic “Southern Nights.” He’ll appear solo tonight to take us on the journey in person.

—STEPHEN TRAGESER

Fri, Oct 11 | 8:00 PM
The Franklin Theatre
$47.00 - $57.00
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Allen Toussaint

New Orleans LA  |  Jazz



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