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A musical genius has left us. His contributions to the New Orleans and world wide music scenes are countless. We will be enjoying his music for a long time to come.
He was always a studio person and not into live performing until the storm, when he found that he enjoyed it. Wish he had gone live sooner. The times I've seen him, mainly at JazzFest, he has blown me away with his nostalgic New Orleans oldies, his consummate showmanship, and his virtuoso piano playing. I'm a big fan of Dr. John, but as good as Malcolm Rebennack is on the piano, when they've been on stage together trading licks, the doctor couldn't hold a candle to Allen Toussaint.
Much of his talent was behind the scenes, producing and arranging, running the studio, and doing everything necessary to combine the musical talent into a final product with professional polish.
Allen Toussaint was always a dapper dresser. I saw him once on a flight to DC, in his usual three-piece suit. He was in first; I was in the cheap seats. When we arrived, a liveried limo driver was holding up a sign with his name on it. Oh, and last JazzFest, his gleaming Rolls was parked on the track behind the Gentilly stage where he was performing. A real gentleman and a class act.
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