ALLEN TOUSSAINT 2018-06-01T10:18:27-05:00

Project Description

THE ICON: Allen Toussaint

THE LEGACY: Some musicians write beautifully. Some excel at producing, while others specialize in singing, composing or playing. Rare, however, is the talent that does all with equal aplomb. That was Allen Toussaint, the elegant, nattily attired musical factotum who crafted some of the most memorable tunes to spring from New Orleans, first as a composer and writer, and later as a performer in his own right. His behind-the-scenes contributions on any number of major hits made Toussaint an international figure, but nowhere was beloved more than at home. “We haven’t had a greater godfather than Allen,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said of him. “Allen was not only from New Orleans. He was of New Orleans. … He gave us his heart.”

THE ARTIST: Jeremy Paten, WhereYart.net

THE INSPIRATION: “He was like a one-man Motown. There was that period of time with Ernie K-Doe, Benny Spellman, Lee Dorsey and Irma Thomas where he wrote, produced, played on a whole era of New Orleans music, a lot of which went national.” — New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival producer Quint Davis