Tag Archives: Allen Toussaint

NOAAHH Distributes $42,000 in Local Grants in 2013

On December 8, the New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH) organization presented its 2013 charity grants to 15 non-profits serving the greater New Orleans region during the annual winter gala of the Bread for the World organization’s local chapter at Loyola University. Co-founded in 1985 by Allen Toussaint, the NOAAHH selects local individuals [...]

Twelve Louisiana Artists Nominated for 2014 Grammy Awards

The year 2013 is drawing to a close, and that means annual awards shows are around the corner. Our own music awards show, the Best of the Beat, honoring New Orleans and Louisiana artists for their accomplishments this year, arrives on Saturday, January 18, 2014. But the national Recording Academy’s anticipated event of the year [...]

Allen Toussaint, Songbook (Rounder)

What’s surprising about this live album isn’t so much the music, but the talking in between. The year 2009 was a late-career peak for Allen Toussaint, who was still on a roll from his Elvis Costello collaboration three years earlier. In 2009, he did the well-received jazz album The Bright Mississippi, but instead of touring [...]

Re-cap: Saying Hello to Pops
at Satchmo Summerfest 2013

During his keynote speech at Satchmo Summerfest, musician Wycliffe Gordon opined that nobody but Louis Armstrong could bring off the song “What a Wonderful World,” Just one day later, John Boutte proved him wrong. Sure, Armstrong’s original is a thing of beauty, but the version Boutte did at his Summerfest set was no slouch. As [...]

Photos: Satchmo Summerfest 2013 Highlights

Last weekend (August 2-4) on the grounds of the old U.S. Mint, hot jazz stymied sweltering temperatures as local favorites Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Allen Toussaint, Kermit Ruffins, the Treme Brass Band, John Boutte, OffBeat August issue featured artist Robin Barnes, and more stirred the crowd at Satchmo Summerfest. OffBeat photographer Kim Welsh [...]

Live Album and Presidential Honors for Allen Toussaint

New Orleans’ master songwriter Allen Toussaint may well be hanging with President Obama as you read this. Toussaint is one of twelve recipients of the 2012 National Medal of the Arts, which will be awarded on Wednesday night (July 10). The Oscar, LA-born author Ernest Gaines (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman) is also being [...]

JAZZ FEST DAY 2 RECAP: Billy Joel, Toussaint, VOW All-Stars & More!

Saturday was the kind of day that Jazz Fest likes to brag about: The crowds were there in droves, and didn’t seem to be concentrated at any one stage. In fact, an out of town friend hit the Gospel Tent early, saw Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices, and came back raving that the backup [...]

TOUSSAINT RECEIVING STELLAR TRIBUTE

Just two weekends ago, the great Allen Toussaint made a surprise appearance at Fortier Fest, an annual neighborhood event in the Bayou St. John area. Sitting in with the usual headliner Walter Wolfman Washington, Toussaint did his bit to continue the rejuvenation and beautification of Alcee Fortier Park. So it makes perfect sense that Toussaint [...]

Timecode: NOLA Screens Professor Longhair, Ernie K-Doe, More at French Quarter Fest

Though we’re sure somebody’s tried, we still haven’t been able to resurrect our late music pioneers like Professor Longhair, James Booker or Ernie K. Doe to play French Quarter Fest live . But this year the indie filmmakers collective TimeCode:NOLA has the next best thing, a series of rare Louisiana music films shown during the [...]

Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 30): Searching for James Booker

Save for New Orleans music aficionados, few are familiar with the music of James Booker — arguably the most prodigiously talented and unquestionably the most misunderstood and overlooked musician to ever call the Crescent City home. Aside from a strung-together Wikipedia page and spare bag of recordings, pictures and concert clips, little is know about [...]