Monday 14th April - Tuesday 15th April
Extremely rare intimate solo show for this legendary American musician, composer, producer and influential figure in New Orleans R&B.
"when I meet someone like Allen Toussaint - that for me is like meeting, you know, someone the equivalent of the Dalai Lama because for me, he influenced the way I played the piano, he's a historical part of rock and roll."
- Elton John on Elvis Costello's Spectacle
Many of Toussaint's songs have become familiar through versions of other musicians including "Working in the Coalmine", "Ride Your Pony", "Fortune Teller", "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues"), "Southern Nights", "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky", "I'll Take a Melody", "Get Out of My Life, Woman", and "Mother-in-law"
Allen Toussaint has crossed many paths in his illustrious 30 years plus career in music. He has produced, written for, arranged, had his songs covered by, and performed with music giants The Judds, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle, Dr. John, Aaron and Art Neville, Joe Cocker, The (original) Meters, Glen Campbell, The Band, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, Devo, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Elvis Costello, Ramsey Lewis, and the countless others. His songs have been featured as theme songs for the televison programs, The Dating Game(Whipped Cream) and Working (Working in the Coalmine). His songs/productions have been featured in numerous films, including but not limited to, Casino, Moulin Rouge, and Maid in Manhattan. He has served as musical director for the Broadway play, High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club and the off Broadway play, Staggerlee, which won the prestigious Outer Circle Critics Award.
Toussaint got his shot as a solo artist with a record for RCA. Two of his earliest tunes, “Java,” which became a mega-hit for trumpeter Al Hirt and “Whipped Cream," the Herb Alpert hit, became instrumental standards. Toussaint then went onto team up with Lee Dorsey, who was often backed by the funky rhythm section known as The Meters, turning out a string of hits that included Working in the Coalmine; Holy Cow; Ride Your Pony; Sneaking Sally thru the Alley, Yes We Can and many others. Working in the Coalmine was then recorded by The Judds; Yes We Can became a smash hit by The Pointer Sisters; Sneaking Sally thru the Alley was recorded by both Robert Palmer and Ringo Starr. Toussaint continued to put his mark on the music business with his arrangements on LaBelle's hit, Lady Marmalade, continuing on with Patti through the early stages of her solo career. After establishing himself as one of the greatest songwriters, accredited to him by BMI Music.
Toussaint has been honored with several Grammy nominations including, 1977's song of the year, Southern Night, performed by Glen Campbell;. the Toussaint and Elvis Costello, CD collaberation entitled the River in Reverse, which gives a voice and home to Allen’s beloved New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Toussaint’s first solo recorded project in over 20 years, The Bright Mississippi in 2009.
After years of writing, producing, recording, arranging, performing and conducting, Toussaint's music is continuing on. Several of his songs are commercial themes, Yes We Can (Slim Fast) and Working in the Coalmine (WalMart). His productions are continuously sampled, introducing it to an entire new arena of listeners (Louie--ODB and Lady Marmalade (Christinia Augillara, Lil Kim, Missy Elliot). Songs Java and Southern Night have both been credited and cited for over 2 million airings. The truly amazing part is there's more to come...
Toussaint has been awarded many accolades the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the Grammy Trustee’s Awards; the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame; the La. Songwriter’s Hall of Fame; the Artistic Honoree for the Young Audiences New York Children’s Arts Awards and countless others.
The Bright Mississipi" on Nonesuch was voted "Best Record of the Year for 2009 from the French Jazz Academy, the first time the award has been awarded to a non-tradional jazz artist.