Posted in music | tour dates on May 22, 2009

by Andrew Frisicano

Allen Toussaint @ Village Vanguard 5/20/09 (livingwithmusic)
Allen Toussaint

The New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint hinted at the scope of his musical lore in a whimsical solo montage halfway through his early set at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday [5/19] night. Fragments of old New Orleans songs (like "Big Chief"), classical pieces, boogie-woogie, "The Sound of Music" and other tunes interrupted one another and gradually mingled, giving barrelhouse flourishes to a Chopin prelude. After a few more segues Mr. Toussaint called Elvis Costello out of the audience to sing "Ascension Day," a song from the 2006 album they made together, "The River in Reverse." [NY Times]
Allen Toussaint has been at the Village Vanguard since that Tuesday, May 19th show. That run continues through Sunday, May 24th.

The pianist is playing with the Bright Mississippi Band, a group that recently cut an album of the same name for Nonesuch. That band (on record and live) includes clarinetist Don Byron, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist David Piltch, percussionist Jay Bellerose and guitarist Marc Ribot. Ribot just ended his weeklong 55th-birthday retrospective on Sunday, May 16th.

Elvis Costello also recently made an appearance on 30 Rock, and has a show coming up at NYC's Beacon Theater.

Watch a video of Costello and Toussaint on Letterman, with all Allen Toussaint tour dates (including Bonnaroo), below...

Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint, River In Reverse on Letterman

Allen Toussaint - 2009 Tour Dates
2009-05-28 Billboard Live Osaka Japan
2009-05-29 Billboard Live Tokyo Japan
2009-05-30 Billboard Live Tokyo Japan
2009-06-13 Bonnaroo Festival, That Tent Manchester TN
2009-06-13 Bonnaroo Festival, Sonic Stage Manchester TN
2009-06-19 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park St. Paul MN
2009-06-20 Herbst Theatre, SFJAZZ San Francisco CA
2009-06-22 Calgary Jazz Festival, Jack Singer Concert Hall Calgary AB
2009-06-24 Woodland Park Zoo Washington DC
2009-07-11 North Sea Jazz Fest, Ahoy Rotterdam Netherlands
2009-07-12 Pinede Gould Juan Les Pins France Festival de Jazz Antibes
2009-07-15 Skeppsholmen Main Stage Stockholm Sweden
2009-07-16 Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux Switzerland
2009-07-18 Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz Spain
2009-07-19 Jazz Cafe London United Kingdom
2009-09-26 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago IL
2009-10-03 - Gretna Heritage Festival Gretna LA
2009-10-14 Community Concert Hall, Fort Lewis College Durango CO
2009-10-16 University of Wyoming, Fine Arts Concert Hall Laramie WY
2010-02-18 Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts Raleigh NC United States

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Comments (11)

I am guessing this posting will get next to no comments, as it deals with an undisputed legend in music, while something about Passion Pit will garner upward of fifty, sixty comments. A sad disparity.

Love to Allen Toussaint.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 11:06 AM

Indeed. Saw him with Elvis a few years ago at the Beacon and it was incredible. However, I also do like Passion Pit :)

Posted by michaelways | May 22, 2009 11:21 AM

He wore that same outfit at the Virgin Megastore.

Posted by Richard | May 22, 2009 12:38 PM

Allen is the classiest man in showbiz. I will be there tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 1:06 PM

LOL @ Richard

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 1:10 PM

Both Elvis Costello and Elvis Perkins were in the audience, as were Madonna, Joe Henry, Diana Krall and Nick Kinsey. And the trumpeter was not Nicholas Payton but another young amazing player named Christian something.

Posted by Klaus Voorman | May 22, 2009 2:21 PM

Christian Scott on trumpet. Elvis sat in last night too, so did Joe Henry on St James Infirmary, amazing show.

Posted by Steve | May 22, 2009 3:05 PM

anyone have extra tickets?
tonight (friday) is sold out

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 6:00 PM

For those of you who may miss it, or simply want to relive it, WBGO recorded and broadcast the Tuesday, May 21st 9pm performance. Part of WBGO and NPR Music's "Live at the Village Vanguard," a multimedia concert series.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104254284

Scroll and look left for the web bonus - Allen and Elvis duet on "Ascension Day" from Tuesday night.

JJ

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Posted by NicimD34 | February 23, 2010 8:56 AM

Both Elvis Costello and Elvis Perkins were in the audience, as were Madonna, Joe Henry, Diana Krall and Nick Kinsey. And the trumpeter was not Nicholas Payton but another young amazing player named Christian something.

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