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.

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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