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  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Allen Toussaint's final recording, American Tunes, released to critical acclaim earlier this month, continues to earn rave reviews. Paste calls it "a beautiful colleciton of tracks that showcase his love of music no matter the genre." NPR's Fresh Air says it's "a fond last look at a composer and pianist who helped refine classic New Orleans pop and rhythm & blues and then brought them into the modern world. We miss him already." You can hear the complete review here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Reviews
  • Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Allen Toussaint's final recording, American Tunes, was released last week to critical acclaim, with three new and noteworthy reviews just in. American Tunes adds "an elegant new perspective on Toussaint's legacy," says NPR's All Things Considered. "He sings the same way he plays piano: gracefully, using understatement to devastating effect, says reviewer Tom Moon. "That kind of poise is easy to overlook, but it's crucial to just about everything on this delightful survey of American tunes. And it's one of the qualities that made Allen Toussaint an American treasure." Listen to the review here. The album is "an elegant and fitting adieu from the New Orleans master," says the AP. "Toussaint makes a fine final impression on American Tunes, a repertoire as rich as his own contributions to music over a nearly 60-year career."Stereophile names American Tunes its Recording of the Month, calling it "a fantastic and esoteric tour through the Great American Songbook, as selected by the old master himself."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Reviews
  • Friday, June 10, 2016

    American Tunes, the final recording by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, is out now. Produced by Joe Henry, it features both solo piano recordings and others made with a band plus special guests Rhiannon Giddens and Van Dyke Parks. There are works by Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others. It's "a rich pianistic tour de force of American music," says the Los Angeles Times, "a gorgeous, grace-filled journey through the history of American popular music by one of its most artful proponents." The Times of London calls it "gorgeous," exclaiming: "Swan songs don't get any better." Uncut calls it "the perfect eulogy for one of America's true musical greats." Watch Toussaint's performance of Paul Simon's "American Tune" on Austin City Limits in 2009 here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, June 2, 2016

    Legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint's final recording, American Tunes, is out on Nonesuch Records next Friday, June 10. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full here till then as an NPR First Listen. The album presents "an almost retrospective, autumnal focus on the ideas which made him and his music," writes NPR's Patrick Jarenwattananon. "It's hard not to read a subtext here: that all these songs belonged in the canon which gave rise to Toussaint and his city, and thus to the bigger picture of important American tunes." Hear the album in full here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Allen Toussaint's performance of "Confessin' (That I Love You)," off his forthcoming album American Tunes, may now be heard here and downloaded with album pre-orders. The song, made known by Louis Armstrong, is one of the tracks on the album recorded with a band that includes Jay Bellerose, Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Charles Lloyd, and David Piltch. The Joe Henry–produced album, Toussaint's final recording, also includes a set of solo piano performances like "Big Chief," which is also available now with pre-orders.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    American Tunes, the final recording from legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, is due out June 10, 2016, on Nonesuch Records. It was produced by Joe Henry and features both solo piano recordings and others made with musicians including Bill Frisell and special guest Rhiannon Giddens. In this article, writer Michael Hill examines the story behind the album and presents reflections on Toussaint and his legacy from fellow musicians Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, and Aaron Neville; author Tom Piazza; and the album's producer, Joe Henry.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Nonesuch releases American Tunes, a new studio album by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, on June 10, 2016. Toussaint had just completed the album when he passed away in November of last year. Recording took place at two sets of sessions with producer Joe Henry: solo piano at Toussaint's New Orleans home studio, and with Jay Bellerose, David Piltch, Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Greg Leisz, and guests Rhiannon Giddens and Van Dyke Parks in Los Angeles. There are works by Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include an instant download of the album track "Big Chief" plus an exclusive print.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    The New Orleans City Council has passed a resolution officially declaring Allen Toussaint's birthday, January 14, as Allen Toussaint Day in the City of New Orleans. The resolution was signed by all councilmembers and presented before Toussaint's family and friends. "Our artists and musicians are our ambassadors, as their talents, hard work, and genius creates the culture for which we are internationally known," said New Orleans Councilmember Susan G. Guidry. "Allen served our city as one of our finest ambassadors."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    In memory of Allen Toussaint, "Tipitina and Me" from Our New Orleans

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  • Monday, May 20, 2013

    Dr. John and Allen Toussaint, two favorite sons of New Orleans, received honorary degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans at its 2013 Commencement held at the Superdome on Saturday. Both Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees received honorary doctor of fine arts degrees and performed together in a short set. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who delivered the keynote address at the event, received an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Natasha Trethewey, the US poet laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, was awarded a doctor of humane letters.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, April 26, 2013

    The 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, aka Jazz Fest, gets under way today as the first of two consecutive weekends of music unfolds. Included among this weekend's performers are Joshua Redman with his Quartet and New Orleans native sons Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. The Black Keys help close out the festival next weekend. Also in New Orleans this weekend is Fatoumata Diawara, who performs at the House of Blues. 

    Journal Topics: On Tour Artist News
  • Friday, January 25, 2013

    Dr. John and Allen Toussaint, two favorite sons of New Orleans, will receive honorary degrees from Tulane University at its 2013 Commencement, the school has announced. Both will receive honorary doctor of fine arts degrees at the school's May 18 commencement ceremony, to be held at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Dalai Lama, who is set to deliver the keynote address at the event, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Natasha Trethewey, the United States poet laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, also will be awarded a doctor of humane letters.

    Journal Topics: Artist News

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