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ELVIS COSTELLO AND ALLEN TOUSSAINT PLAY VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
New Orleans piano legend Allen Toussaint joins Elvis Costello for a sold out concert at Vancouver's Orpheum Theater during the 2006 Vancouver International Jazz Festival June 26, 2006. Costello and Toussaint have teamed up and recently recorded a new album in New Orleans to help revitalize the city's music industry after Hurricane Katrina. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)
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Allen Toussaint, IPA: , (born January 14, 1938) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer.

One of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B, many of Toussaint's songs have become familiar through their numerous cover versions, including "Working in the Coalmine", "Ride Your Pony", "Brickyard Blues", "Get Out Of My Life Woman", "Southern Nights" and "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky."

Toussaint grew up in a shotgun house in the New Orleans neighborhood of Gert Town, where his mother welcomed and fed all manner of musicians as they practiced and recorded with Allen. After a lucky break at age 17 in which he stood in for Huey Smith at a performance with Earl King's band in Pritchard, Alabama, Toussaint was introduced to a group of local musicians who performed regularly at a night club on LaSalle street Uptown; they were known as the "Dew Drop Set".

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