Allen Toussaint Brings Hit Parade To New Orleans Jazz Fest, With An Assist From Jimmy Buffett

Pianist Allen Toussaint, right, singer Jimmy Buffett thanks after he joined him at the Acura stage for a few songs at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in New Orleans on Saturday, May 3, 2014


Allen Toussaint played songs spanning over half a century in the Acura Stage Saturday afternoon New Orleans Jazz Fest.

The hit parade was an autobiography in the song, but like the whole race Toussaint surveyed, the show was not all about him.

An important aspect was ” Sally Sneakin ‘ Through the Alley , “ the original Toussaint Robert Palmer took as the title track pop -funk of their debut in 1974 , and was followed by “Two Trains” , another song Toussaint party – nice popularized by someone other than him, in his case, Little Feat .

Shortly after Toussaint called Jimmy Buffett on stage to sing lead on two songs: “Fortune Teller” (you can determine the version of Benny Spellman, or maybe Robert Plant and Alison Krauss) and “Wave Bye Bye”, the tender Jesse Winchester ballad dense crowd earlier in the day (many obviously homesteading Bruce Springsteen, who plays the same later stage) to sway in unison moved.

This is what the concerts are Toussaint machines dimensional discs once , orchestrated by a consummate professional , whose work as composer, producer and performing artist is purely New Orleans, just scrubbed free of anything that sounds remotely thick .

Which is not to say bland Toussaint? Their stage attire mixed plaid , paisley and polka dots as anyone, and his band – take shape with horns and backup singers , so that corresponds to a first-rate arranger and band leader – cleverly designed set down several times tried slots loins .

“Soul Sister” – which “with hip boots bad” – began as reggae, but became somewhat thicker, culminating in a nasty solo by guitarist Renard Poche. Toussaint Packaging another of his successes in medleys:

“Mother -in -Law”, the Toussaint composition immortalized by Ernie K -Doe, was sandwiched between” Everything I do Gonh Be Funky “and “working in a coal mine,” both hits for Lee Dorsey in 1960.

The crowd cheered in collective recognition of the opening notes to “Southern Nights”, the set- closer, during which Toussaint presented to all members of his band. He allowed them each more than a moment of fame alone, and then walked away from his piano to the promise. “See you next year”


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