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Allen Toussaint

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Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint with Nicholas Payton & the Joe Krown Trio 

When: Sun., Nov. 7, 7 p.m. 2010
Price: $36-42
www.dukeperformances.org

Start listing memorable songs that have come out of New Orleans in the last 50 years, and it's a safe bet more than half have Allen Toussaint's name (or his Naomi Neville pseudonym) attached as composer, producer and/or musician. Here's a test run: "Mother-in-Law" by Ernie K-Doe, "Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette)" by Benny Spellman, "Working in a Coalmine" by Lee Dorsey and "Ruler of My Heart" by Irma Thomas. Then there's Dr. John's "Right Place Wrong Time" and the Meters' "Look-Ka Py Py." Count his own instrumental smashes, "Java" and "Whipped Cream." And that only takes us to the early '70s. Fast-forward three years to find acts as diverse as Labelle and, beyond the Crescent City confines, Glen Campbell, topping the charts with Toussaint compositions. Then fast-forward three decades to find Robert Plant and Alison Krauss ("Fortune Teller," a Raising Sand highlight) and Peter Wolf (slinking his way across "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky" on this year's outstanding Midnight Souvenirs) covering his work. That's staying power. And Toussaint continues to impress when he, not one of his songs, is in the spotlight, as on last year's elegant, Grammy-nominated The Bright Mississippi. The hit parade starts at 7 p.m. —Rick Cornell

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