November 2015

Orpheum Theater fills with Allen Toussaint fans and New Orleans musicians as star-studded tribute set to begin

People reach out to touch the hearse carrying Allen Toussaint at a memorial service for him outside the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans on Friday, November 20, 2015. (Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)

By Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune At 8 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 20), a ribbon of mourners made their way slowly down the right aisle of the Orpheum Theater. They were headed toward the glinting coffee-colored coffin at the edge of the stage to pay tribute to composer, producer and pianist extraordinaire Allen Toussaint, … Continued

Musicians, fans celebrate the life of Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint’s blue Rolls-Royce leaves the Orpheum Theater, passing a second line led by members of Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Treme Brass Band following Toussaint’s memorial Nov. 20. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber)

Posted By Alex Woodward – Gambit     Brian “Breeze” Cayolle removed his black cowboy hat before performing “Ave Maria” on clarinet. The room — full of hundreds of mourners at a tribute to Allen Toussaint — fell a beautiful kind of quiet after a powerful string of performances and shared memories from music luminaries, … Continued

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