Preservation Hall Jazz Band and New Orleans icon Allen Toussaint will join forces for the first time ever for an evening of legendary music making. Preservation Hall was founded in 1961 to promote traditional New Orleans jazz in all its authenticity.
Allen Toussaint is an American musician, songwriter and record producer, and one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B. Toussaint has crossed many paths in his illustrious 40 years plus career in music. He has produced, written for, arranged, had his songs covered by, and performed with music giants The Judds, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle, Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack, Aaron and Art Neville, Joe Cocker, Glen Campbell, The Band, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, and countless others. His songs/productions have been featured in numerous films, including but not limited to Casino, Moulin Rouge, and Maid in Manhattan. He served as Musical Director for the off Broadway play, Staggerlee, which won the prestigious Outer Circle Critics Award.
Jon Pareles of The New York Times says, "At Carnegie Hall the Preservation Hall Jazz Band showed how easily it could hop from era to era. It could work like a rhythm-and-blues horn section or a tightly arranged little big band if need be, but it could also switch back into the polyphonic glories of vintage New Orleans jazz, in which nearly every instrument seems to improvise around the tune at the same time."
"Return to the roots of jazz, America's great indigenous art form, and don't miss an opportunity for a performance by the 'best jazz band in the land.'" San Francisco Examiner