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Tribute to Allen Toussaint @ City Winery 11/29/2015
The Music of Allen Toussaint - A Memorial Tribute

Over the weekend, NYC celebrated the spirit and music of New Orleans music icon Allen Toussaint with a show at City Winery. This was originally supposed to have been an actual Toussaint show before he tragically, unexpectedly died while on tour in Europe. Louisiana native Jon Batiste, who spends most nights these days as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's bandleader, headed up the evening which included appearances from singer/musicians Morgan James, Stacie Orrico, Davell Crawford, Doug Wamble, as well as members of Batiste's band Stay Human, Batiste's father Michael, and more. Pictures from the Toussaint tribute are in this post.

The day before (11/28) there was another Tourssaint tribute, which happened in Washington Square Park. It was in the style of a New Orleans funeral, complete with a marching band. His actual funeral in New Orleans happened November 20 which doubled as a musical tribute with performances/tributes by Cyril Neville, Deacon John, Davell Crawford, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Buffett, Elvis Costello, John Boutte, Boz Scaggs, and the Preservation Hall Brass Band.

More pictures from City Winery's Toussaint tribute, plus video from New Orleans, below...

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New Orleans Jazz Fest 2009
New Orleans Jazz Fest 2009

"From the moment you set foot inside the main gate at the Fair Grounds Race Course, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is like a music and food lover's "Choose Your Own Adventure" novel, with nearly every option inciting pure sonic and culinary bliss. A morning beignet in the Gospel Tent with Arthur Clayton & Purposely Anointed? A lazy afternoon perked up by some Crawfish Monica and the Drive-By Truckers joined by Booker T? How about a stroll to the Gentilly Stage for the sounds of Spoon and the Dirty Dozen horns, stopping for a quick bowl of gumbo along the way? Etta James and a Soft Shell Crab Po-Boy, anyone? All signs point to yes...

...Now in its 40th year, the 2009 edition of Jazz Fest continues to ramp up post-Hurricane Katrina, expanding to its full complement of 12 stages, up from nine last year, and seven days, up from six in recent years. The event's first of two weekends boasted music from nearly 200 acts, including the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Crescent City native Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Joe Cocker, Erykah Badu, James Taylor, Earth Wind and Fire, Pete Seeger, Hugh Masekela, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Etta James and many more." [All About Jazz]

Jazz Fest ran from April 24-26 & April 30-May 3 at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, LA. More pictures from the first weekend of the festival below...

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