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Allen Toussaint

Return to the Dew Drop

by admin March 2, 2010

When we were in Louisiana in January, we went with Little Freddie King (photo above, right, with Richard) to the shell of the Dew Drop Inn, once the most celebrated black nightclub in New Orleans. It was weathered and padlocked, and in many places sided with nothing but plywood. But it was filled with memories, […]

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A Grammy favorite

by admin November 27, 2009

On Wednesday, Billboard Magazine’s web site declared Allen Toussaint—New Orleans pianist, songwriter, arranger, and producer—a favorite for a 2010 Grammy nomination. Toussaint’s CD The Bright Mississippi, his first solo recording in a decade, takes the R&B legend into the realm of jazz, playing classics by Jelly Roll Morton, Django Reinhardt, Thelonious Monk, and Duke Ellington. […]

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The Mother-in-Law

by admin November 22, 2009

When we visitied Louisiana last month, many musicians fondly recalled Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge, which opened in 1994 and remained open regularly until K-Doe’s widow Antoinette died this past Mardi Gras Day. The K-Does were beloved figures in New Orleans. After Antoinette’s death, folklorist Ben Sandmel (who is writing a book about Ernie and also […]

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