Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint has returned to Joe's Pub for his "New Orleans Brunch" concerts. This one-man show highlights Toussaint's forty plus years as a songwriter, musician and producer. Born in New Orleans, Allen Toussaint began making music at age seven, inspired by piano legend Professor Longhair. He began his career as a session player for Fats Domino and Smiley Lewis among others. Preferring to remain in the background, he concentrated on writing and production with Sea-Saint studios, his own production and recording studio. His producing, arranging and writing credits include:
Working in the Coal Mine, by Lee Dorsey
Mother-in-Law, by Ernie K-Doe
Fortune Teller, by Benny Spellman
I Like It Like That, by Chris Kenner
Ooh Poo Pah Doo, by Jessie Hill
I Know, by Barbara George
Ruler of My Heart, by Irma Thomas
Right Place, Wrong Time, by Dr. John
What Do You Want the Girl to Do, by Boz Scaggs
Southern Nights, by Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint's two remaining shows at Joe's Pub are a rare chance to see and hear some music history and should not be missed. (Sunday, June 22 and Sunday July 13 showtime 12 noon). A portion of the proceeds go to hurricane Katrina relief.