On Friday, January 22nd, join Chuy Varela, Mel Berzon, Kathleen Lawton and Harry Duncan for a 90th Birthday tribute to American jazz composer, producer, singer & pianist Allen Toussaint. Allen, from New Orleans passed away just this past November.
Allen was born in 1938 into a musical family, and was playing and composing in bands in his teens. He went on in a steady career, much more of composing & producing than performing, to his 70’s ! Allen composed & played blues, soul and jazz. He has a healthy release list, running from ’58 through 2013, with a lot of true New Orleans-style middle-of-the road American jazz.
If you don’t know much of Allen’s music yet, try this lbum, one of his most popular, “The Bright Mississippi”, playing at Mississippi river speed, released in 2009 to see if your R&B are his R&B. For something stepping a little more quickly, try this “Southern Nights” album released in 1975. (Note the track lists on these if you click “show more”…). Allen is quite a case of easy but interesting southern American listening.
Join Chuy, Mel, Kathleen, and Harry on Friday, January 22 from 2pm to midnight on The Blues Show for a Allen Toussaint Tribute and get a story on Allen’s journey.