Allen Toussaint, Monday, February 11, 2013

 

Allen Toussaint
Monday, February 11, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“[he] has exerted unparalleled influence over…New Orleans music” – Times Picayune

Few musicians are as beloved as songwriter/vocalist/pianist/producer Allen Toussaint.  An architect of New Orleans R&B since the 1960s, Toussaint has retained his stature and important role within American music. 2009 brought his highly acclaimed album The Bright Mississippi, marking a high point in his career as a recording artist.  These days Toussaint is hitting the stage and tearing it up with his band, and with a deep well of classic tunes such as “Mother-in-Law,” “Southern Nights” and “Working in the Coalmine” to choose from.

In his 40-plus year career, Toussaint has had a role in the careers of nearly every New Orleans music luminary, including Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, The Meters, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey and Ernie K-Doe.  This influence has stretched far beyond the Crescent City however, and he counts Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Glen Campbell, Labelle, The Rolling Stones, Devo and Paul Simon amongst his collaborators. His career began while in his early twenties when he was hired by New Orleans-based Minit Records to supervise all label-related recording activities.  He quickly accumulated an amazing string of hits for Mint and was often the producer, songwriter, arranger and pianist on the sessions.

With his role as a producer/songwriter solidified, Toussaint got his start as a solo artist in the early seventies on RCA, while still maintaining a packed production schedule.  1977 saw Toussaint receive a Grammy nomination for song of the year, after Glen Campbell had a massive hit with his tune “Southern Nights.”  A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Toussaint recorded one of his best-received albums, The Bright Mississippi, on the heels of a highly anticipated 2006 collaboration with Elvis Costello titled River In Reverse.

Toussaint’s past few Kuumbwa appearances have been solo piano dates. This upcoming show will feature him backed by a rollicking band.  On this format change, Toussaint notes, “it’s always nice to have some company up there and some things don’t rock so well without the band, so those things become optional when I have the band with me.”  And with his unparalleled arsenal of excellent R&B tunes, this show is sure to rock. With a new album on the calendar for 2013, Toussaint hasn’t turned down the volume yet.

CALENDAR INFO
Allen Toussaint

DATE: Monday, February 11, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $28/Adv $31/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Alison Toussaint–LeBeaux
Saint002@aol.com

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