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Allen Toussaint performs at the 2007 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
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November 14, 2015 NPR contributor Gwen Thompkins met the musician at a time when he'd thrown himself into performing around the world. Before his death this week in Madrid, he gave her a song he never got to release.
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November 11, 2015 Listen back to the music and parts of the New Orleans legend's 2006 World Cafe interview.
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Allen Toussaint on stage in Australia in 2013. He died Monday at age 77 in Madrid, Spain.
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November 10, 2015 As news has spread of the death of New Orleans pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint, artists and other luminaries have begun paying tribute to this musical legend on social media.
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April 16, 2015 The New Orleans R&B icon performs songs from throughout his storied career, live in West Virginia.
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February 7, 2014 The New Orleans pianist and composer plays some of his songs, including "Get Out of My Life Woman," and tells the stories behind his most iconic hits.
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June 21, 2011 Hear the legendary jazz man liven up KPLU's studios with his New Orleans-style piano work and his stories about what makes New Orleans tick.
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Allen Toussaint keeps the New Orleans jazz-piano tradition alive in a concert from the Kennedy Center.
February 11, 2010 New Orleans is not only the cradle of jazz. It's also the birthplace of great jazz piano, dating back to the early 1900s, when Jelly Roll Morton tickled the ivories. Hear three pianists who are keeping upholding that great tradition — Allen Toussaint, Henry Butler and Jon Cleary — onstage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with Keys to New Orleans.
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December 23, 2009 Many younger artists are making a strong case to be the future of the genre — and the future looks bright. All but three musicians on Shaunna Morrison Machosky's Top 10 list are under the age of 40, and they all brush aside any notion of jazz being in a rut.
December 6, 2009 Looking back on the year in jazz, much of the focus naturally falls on young talents such as Vijay Iyer. Still, some of 2009's key records also evoked bygone jazz eras with such creativity that they might signal a new wave of New Orleans and Brazilian jazz.
November 30, 2009 At any given point in 2009, World Cafe host David Dye's Top 10 list would inevitably look different. So consider this a snapshot — and otherwise subject to change at any time. Some picks won't be new to most readers, but others qualify as left-field musical discoveries.
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