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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Show - A musical mid-life crisis -- a late-night search for meaning and happiness airs on WRIR LP Monday nights from 11 PM to 1 AM. Stream the show @ www.wrir.org
Tonight I can cross one off of my "DJ Bucket List". I have been so looking forward to hosting Cause and Effect. When JJ was looking for some guests I thought this week would make a perfect week (since next Tuesday is Mardi Gras) to do a show featuring the music of New Orleans. While I'm certainly not the most qualified DJ at WRIR to host this show, hopefully my passion, preparation, and good taste will make up for any shortcomings.
As I pondered what direction to take the show in, I landed on exploring the music of Allen Toussaint. While he may not be the first artist that comes to mind when you say the music of New Orleans - Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, or the Neville Brothers come to mind as likely suspects - chances are if you named a tune - or you really had to define what makes the sound of New Orleans so unique you'd realize the significance of Allen Toussaint's contribution to the music of New Orleans and the influence his music has had on soul, funk, and pop music in this country.
So tonight we'll begin with some early Tousan sides. Move into the music of his peers and those artists that helped him create his sound. Then we'll check out some of the classic recordings by New Orleans artists of his music before spinning a few from his catalogue and then playing some covers of his music from beyond the borders of Louisiana. We'll finish up with some recent recordings of his and discover that he's still looking back at his own musical roots.
It is my great pleasure to accompany you on this musical journey and to bring the music of Allen Toussaint - National Medal of Arts Award winner, Grammy Trustee Award winner, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Outer Critics Circle Award For Best Off-Broadway Music, and Rhythm and Blue Foundation Pioneer Award winner - to name just a few - to the WRIR airwaves. Most importantly and I think this will be evident - I just really dig him.
Whirlaway Allen Tousan The Complete "Tousan" Session
Happy Times Allen Tousan The Complete "Tousan" Session
Walkin' With Mr. Lee Lee Allen Cosimo Matassa Story, Vol 2: Gumbo Ya Ya
I Want You To Know Bartholomew Allen Toussaint: Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky
Snake Eyes Alvin "Red" Tyler Cosimo Matassa Story, Vol 2: Sea Cruise
Willy Lee Snooks Eaglin The Complete Imperial Recordings
Gert Town Blues Dave Bartholomew Gettin' Funky: The Birth of New Orlenas R&B
I Went to the Mardi Gras Snooks Eaglin Live in Japan
Street Parade Earl King Street Parade
Whipped Cream Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass Whipped Cream and Other Delights
Java Al Hirt Honey in the Horn / Our Man in New Orleans
Hey Little Girl Roland Byrd (Fess) Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology
When the Saints Go Marching In Tuts Washington Louisiana Scrapbook
Tee Nah Nah Tuts Washington New Orleans Piano Professor
Doctor Jazz Jelly Roll Morton Jelly Roll Morton Centennial: His Complete Victor Recordings
Basin Street Blues Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong: Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man
Tipitina Professor Longhair New Orleans Piano
I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis Doctors, Professors, Kings, and Queens: The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans Music
Country Music Lover "Little" Jimmy Dickens Sylvaia No 5 - The Best of Country
Peace in the Valley Red Foley Grand Ole Opry 75th Anniversary Vol 1
The King of the Zulus Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Sevens Vol 1
Hadacol Bounce Roy Byrd and His Blues Jumpers Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology
I Like It Like That Part 1 Chris Kenner Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky
Occapella Lee Dorsey Rolling With the Punches: The Allen Toussaint Songbook
Hercules Aaron Neville Treacherous: A History of the Neville Brothers
Here Come the Girls Ernie K-Doe Rolling With the Punches: The Allen Toussaint Songbook
I Don't Need No One Willie and Allen Allen Toussaint: The Lost Sessions
Tiddle Winks Allen and Allen Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky
Soul Sister Allen Toussaint The Allen Toussaint Collection
From A Whisper to A Scream Allen Toussaint From A Whisper to A Scream
A Certain Girl The Yardbirds Yardbirds: Ultimate!
Sneakin' Sally Thru' the Alley Robert Palmer Rolling With the Punches: The Allen Toussaint Songbook
On Your Way Down Little Feat Dixie Chicken
Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky Pete Wolf Midnight Souvenirs
Southern Nights Glen Campbell Rolling With the Punches: The Allen Toussaint Songbook
Holy Cow The Band Moondog Matinee
Lipstick Traces Allen Toussaint Songbook
St. James Infirmary Allen Toussaint The Bright Mississippi