New Orleans Musician All Toussaint Passes Away At The Age Of 77
Allen Toussaint, the versatile producer and songwriter who was a fixture of New Orleans R&B, died Monday at the age of 77 after appearing in concert in Madrid according to the NY Times…
His daughter, Alison Toussaint-LeBeaux, confirmed his death in an email, and said the cause appeared to be a heart attack. El Mundo reported in Spain that Mr. Toussaint had collapsed at a hotel after the performance and was taken to a hospital.
Mr. Toussaint rose from a humble, working-class neighborhood in New Orleans to become an influential leader of the city’s R&B scene.
He kept a busy schedule, appearing in the United States and in Europe in recent weeks, with plans to perform in Belgium and Britain after his appearance in Spain. On Monday evening, fans who attended the performance at the Teatro Lara in Madrid posted video of Mr. Toussaint as he sat at a piano and sang. “The @teatrolara is a Southern party thanks to the great Allen Toussaint,” a local music club wrote on Twitter.
Over the decades, Mr. Toussaint proved himself a frequent and versatile collaborator, whether it was exploring his roots with local New Orleans musicians or pairing with pop stars like Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello. According to his website, Mr. Toussaint said his career was rebooted a decade ago when Hurricane Katrina forced him to move to New York, where he often performed alone at Joe’s Pub on Lafayette Street.
Mr. Toussaint would eventually return to New Orleans, where he was a beloved local figure with an understated demeanor.
“I’m not accustomed to talking about myself,” he said, according to his website. “I talk in the studio with musicians. Or through my songs.”
Rest in peace to this legendary musician!