Bill Frisell, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint CDs Recognized Among Best of the 2000's by Downbeat Magazine - Frisell #2 Jazz CD of the Decade Per London Times
December 2009, Rosebud News

CDs by Bill Frisell, Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint have been recognized among Downbeat Magazine's Best of the 2000's, published in their January 2010 issue. Bill Frisell has four CDs on the list: Ghost Town (2000), Blues Dream (2001), East/West (2005) and History, Mystery (2008). Also honored are Have A Little Faith (2005) by Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint's GRAMMY nominated The Bright Mississippi (2009). The list also names two historical releases featuring future Rosebud artists: Stax/Volt Revue Live In Norway 1967 DVD featuring Booker T. & the MGs and Newport Folk Festival: Best of the Blues 1959-1968 Box Set, which features performances by Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, who were both Rosebud artists until their passing.

Bill Frisell's East/West was honored with similar praise from the London Times, where was rated #2 on their "Best Jazz Albums of the Noughties" list.

Catch Bill, Mavis and Allen live on stage, please see    Bill Frisell Tour Dates >>    Mavis Staples Tour Dates >>    Allen Toussaint Tour Dates >>

Allen Toussaint, 2010 GRAMMY nominee, To Be Featured On Austin City Limits and Spectacle with Elvis Costello
December 2009, Rosebud News

Allen Toussaint, nominated for a 2010 GRAMMY for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for The Bright Mississippi, will be featured for the full hour on Austin City Limits airing January 9, 2010 (please check local listings for times here). The program is usually split between two artists but Allen delivered so much great material they have dedicated the full show to him.  

Allen will also be one of Elvis Costello’s guests on the December 23, 2009 episode of Spectacle on the Sundance Channel, playing with Levon Helm, Nick Lowe and Richard Thompson.  Click here for scheduled show times.  This is Allen’s second appearance on the show: he was a special musical guest in the premier episode with Elton John.

Catch Allen live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

10 Grammy Nominations for Rosebud Artists!
December 2009, Rosebud News

We're thrilled to announce that Rosebud Artists received 10 Grammy nominations for this year's awards taking place on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles. Artists honored with nominations include Allen Toussaint for The Bright Mississippi (Best Jazz Instrumental Album). Please see the full entry >>

Rosebud has been fortunate in that generally our artists score between 4 and 6 Grammy nominations every year but 10 is definitely a new record and we are Thrilled, especially considering the fact that Rosebud artists only released 14 eligible CDs this past year. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Allen Toussaint and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Selected By Offbeat Magazine as the #2 & #3 CDs of 2009
December 2009, Rosebud News

Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi and Alligator Purse by BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet have been selected by Offbeat Magazine as #2 and #3 in CDs of 2009 (see full list). Both albums are critically acclaimed: The Bright Mississippi was hailed by The New Yorker as "A smoldering instrumental collection of jazz standards and Big Easy fare.." The Boston Globe proclaims BeauSoleil "finds freshness not by infusing vintage styles with contemporary sonics but with vibrant, thoughtful fusions."

Also in the Top 40 are Buckwheat Zydeco's Lay Your Burden Down, which is graced by solos from Trombone Shorty, and Rising Sun by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. The Big Chief will be joining two Rosebud tours: BeauSoleil's 35th Anniversary Tour as well as Marcia Ball and The Voice of the Wetlands All Stars shows, coming to Performing Arts Centers in the 2010-2011 season.

Catch both Allen and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet live on stage, please see Tour Dates - Allen Toussaint tour dates >>   BeauSoleil tour dates >>

Bettye LaVette & Allen Toussaint Featured In Tributes To Jerry Wexler, Janis Joplin
November 2009, Rosebud News

Bettye LaVette and Allen Toussaint were featured performers in a memorial tribute to Jerry Wexler in New York City on October 30, 2009. Wexler, who coined the term "rhythm and blues," was a legendary producer and executive at Atlantic Records who signed Bettye in 1962 when she was 16. She performed a searing take on Ray Charles' “Drown In My Own Tears.” Allen Toussaint performed his composition “With You in Mind,” with Bonnie Raitt providing vocal support.

Bettye will also be featured performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event, Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin on November 14, 2009 in Cleveland, OH. The tribute will be a reflection on the career of Janis Joplin and her impact on rock and roll. Susan Tedeschi, Lucinda Williams, Nona Hendryx, Guy Clark, Ray Benson and more are also featured.

Catch Bettye and Allen live on stage, please see Tour Dates (Bettye Lavette, Allen Toussaint) >>

Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty and The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band To Perform At G20 Summit Reception
September 2009, Rosebud News

Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty along with The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band (with Wilson Savoy sitting in for Marc Savoy) are being featured among the Global Ambassadors of Louisiana Music & Culture who will be performing for leaders from around the globe at a VIP reception during the G20 Summit.  Celebrating a new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change, guests include G20 delegates and diplomats, Obama administration officials and CEOs of environmental, labor and youth organizations.  The event is hosted by the U.S. Climate Action Network and Teresa Heinz and Senator John Kerry are Honorary Hosts.  It will take place at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA on September 23, 2009.  President Barack Obama is also scheduled to appear at the event. Both Allen & Trombone Shorty are currently touring.  Keep an eye out for upcoming Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band Tour Dates>>   Allen Toussaint Tour Dates>>   Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Tour Dates>>

NPR Features Allen Toussaint (American Routes) and Trombone Shorty (World Café)
August 2009, Rosebud News

A live session by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be broadcast Wednesday, August 19, 2009 on NPR‘s World Café Live. To find the show on a station in your area, please click here. Listen to the show live online from 2-4pm EST on 8/19/09 here. After the program airs, it will be available in show's archives here.

Allen Toussaint will be featured on the American Routes radio show Wednesday, August 26, 2009. To commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, he will be sharing his thoughts on the recovery of New Orleans and his critically acclaimed new album, The Bright Mississippi. To find the show on
a station in your area, please click here. After the show airs it will be archived here.

Catch both Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Allen Toussaint live on stage:
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Tour Dates>>   Allen Toussaint Tour Dates>>

Allen Toussaint Inducted Into Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame
August 2009, Rosebud News

Allen Toussaint
was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame on August 2, 2009. The ceremony took place at the Mother-in-Law Lounge in New Orleans, named after Allen’s hit song written for fellow inductee and founder of the Lounge, the late Ernie K-Doe. Benny Spellman, who also enjoyed hits written by Allen ("Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)" and "Fortune Teller") was also inducted. Allen performed "Mother-in-Law" and "A Certain Girl" at the ceremony. The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame is currently a virtual museum, available for viewing online and they plan to open next year in a downtown New Orleans space. Allen’s critically acclaimed new album, The Bright Mississippi, was released in April; he received the prestigious Grammy Trustees Award and participated in the worldwide Grammy broadcast in February. Catch Allen live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

photo gallery of the show at NPR >>
Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi Band: Live At The Village Vanguard Broadcast On NPR
May 2009, Rosebud News

One of the performances by New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint, during a residency at the historic Village Vanguard in NYC from May 19 - May 24, 2009, was broadcast on NPR and is available here. During the run, producer Joe Henry sang “St. James Infirmary” and Elvis Costello was called out from the audience by Allen to sing “Ascension Day,” a song from their Grammy nominated 2006 collaborative album, The River In Reverse.  In The New York Times review of the show, Jon Pareles writes, “No matter what the source, the rendition was poised and light-fingered, without an unconsidered note. And somehow New Orleans was in every phrase, with hints of swing, of humor, of sly sensuality...  It wasn’t a re-creation of old New Orleans music but a reverie on a New Orleans heritage: a lifetime of memories refined by a genteel sensibility that finds the elegance in the blues.”  His critically acclaimed new album, The Bright Mississippi, provided the foundation of the Vanguard performances, which featured most of the players from the recording, except Nicholas Payton, who was filled in for by Christian Scott (trumpet), with Don Byron (clarinet/tenor sax), Marc Ribot (guitar), David Piltch (bass), and Jay Bellerose (drums).  Prior to multiple performances in and around this year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest, Allen was honored in a tribute at the Jazz Fest Foundation Gala, after receiving the prestigious Grammy Trustees Award and participating in the worldwide Grammy broadcast in February.  See Allen live in concert, including stops in Japan and Europe, please see tour dates>>

Rosebud Artists Everywhere At New Orleans Jazz Fest
May 2009, Rosebud News

Rosebud Artists could be found performing in a wide variety of formats during the 40th Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 24 - May 3).

Allen Toussaint was feted at the Jazz Fest Foundation Gala, as an all star lineup paid tribute to him in person and on video. This was followed by a rousing set from Trombone Shorty, then Allen performing with an all star band. Later in the week he performed his new CD, The Bright Mississippi, at Snug Harbor where the audience was as enthusiastic as the media has been for the new material. His next stop was The House of Blues where Preservation Hall opened for Allen's high energy set full of hits. The Grand Finale for Allen was a Big Band set, preceding Neil Young's closing set, on the Festival Main Stage..... read full story >>

Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty Featured On New Orleans Jazzfest Posters
March 2009, Rosebud News

Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty are each featured on the two official posters for the milestone 40th Anniversary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this year.

Trombone Shorty is, by about two decades, the youngest artist ever to be featured on the festival poster - quite an honor and an acknowledgement of his already impressive accomplishments and outstanding talent.Allen Toussaint, fresh from an appearance on the 2009 Grammys telecast and recipient of the 2009 Grammy Trustees Award will release, The Bright Mississippi, his first solo album in more than a decade on April 21, 2009. The Fest takes place over the last weekend in April and first weekend in May, 2009.

Past editions of the prestigious Jazzfest poster have featured Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, Wynton Marsalis, Mahalia Jackson, Harry Connick, Jr. and the inventor of New Orleans Jazz, Buddy Bolden. Opening day of each year's Festival sees throngs of collectors sprinting for the poster tent and the poster usually selling out before the Festival's end.

For a history of the Jazzfest poster phenomena, please see:
Check out or purchase the posters at:
Art4Now: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Collectibles On-Line >>

Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty will be performing at Jazzfest and around New Orleans during the festival, as well as touring the country and overseas throughout the year, please see tour dates:
Allen Toussaint tour dates >>    Trombone Shorty tour dates >>

Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi, Follows Grammy Honors and Grammy TV Appearance
February 2009, Rosebud News

The Bright Mississippi, Allen Toussaint’s first solo album in more than a decade, will be released by Nonesuch Records on April 21, 2009. Noted producer, Joe Henry, has become a trusted collaborator of Allen's in recent years and he helmed the unique project on which Toussaint reinterprets classic jazz and blues tunes by jazz greats like Jelly Roll Morton, Django Reinhardt, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn. Allen's featured band on the disc are guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist David Piltch, clarinetist Don Byron, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and drummer Jay Bellerose, plus Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman on one track each. The CD comes close on the heels of Allen's recent high profile presence at the 2009 Grammy Awards where he was a featured interviewee in the Grammy Legends series as part of Grammy week. At the Grammys themselves, Allen was honored with the prestigious Trustees Award and participated in the worldwide broadcast in a segment also featuring Lil Wayne, Terence Blanchard and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Catch Allen live, please see tour dates>>

Grammy Congratulations! Allen Toussaint, The Blind Boys of Alabama, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Marcia Ball, Bill Frisell, Trombone Shorty, and James Burton
February 2009, Rosebud News

Grammy Congratulations to Allen Toussaint who was awarded the Grammy Trustees Award, performed on the live TV broadcast and was the featured public interviewee Thursday for the Grammys Legends series! Allen's song "Fortune Teller" is also featured on the Robert Plant / Allison Krauss Raising Sand CD - the big winner at the Grammys this year. The Blind Boys of Alabama were honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award and also won their 5th Grammy for their Down In New Orleans CD. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet were also Grammy winners for their Live CD from the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band joined Allen Toussaint and Lil Wayne on the Grammy telecast. Also nominated for Grammys were Marcia Ball, Bill Frisell and Michael Doucet for his solo CD. Trombone Shorty was featured on Dr. John's Grammy winning City That Care Forgot and James Burton, who performs in Jim Lauderdale's Dream Payers band, shared the Grammy for Best Country Instrumental for Cluster Pluck. In addition, the Grammys Louisiana luncheon featured appearances and performances from The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Allen Toussaint and Michael Doucet. Congratulations All!

Grammy Update: Blind Boys of Alabama To Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award, Allen Toussaint To Be Honored With Trustees Award, Trombone Shorty Featured On Grammy Nominated Dr. John Album
December 2008, Rosebud News

Four time Grammy Award winners the Blind Boys of Alabama will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. The Blind Boys are also nominated again this year for Best Traditional Gospel Album, for their latest CD, Down in New Orleans featuring fellow Rosebud Artist Allen Toussaint and regular touring partners The Preservation Hall Jazz Band among others.

Allen Toussaint himself will be honored at the Grammys with the Trustees Award. The Trustees Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity. With a career as a producer, songwriter, arranger, session pianist, and solo artist, Allen Toussaint has become a legend within the recording industry. As a founder of Sansu Enterprises and the Sea-Saint Recording Studio, he has worked with such notable artists as the Band, Paul Simon, Boz Scaggs, Bonnie Raitt and Patti LaBelle. His consistent hit songs and compositions have become one of music's most extensive catalogs, consistently mined for cover material and commercial use. In 1998, Toussaint was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Spring of 2009 will see the release of Allen's new CD on Nonesuch Records featuring guests including Nicholas Payton, Marc Ribot, Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, and Don Byron.

Trombone Shorty is featured on the Grammy nominated Dr. John CD, City That Care Forgot, that is up for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be closing out the year with performances on December 30 and 31 at Sullivan Hall in New York City. Following that, Trombone Shorty will be joining Galactic on the Jamcruise and other Florida dates as a special guest. In February he and Orleans Avenue will tour the West coast with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Please see tour dates for The Blind Boys of Alabama >>, Allen Toussaint >> and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue >>.

Allen Toussaint Featured On Elvis Costello's Spectacle & New Album Coming Soon
December 2008, Rosebud News

Allen Toussaint is featured in the first episode of Elvis Costello's new Sundance Channel show, Spectacle. The primary guest is Elton John, who says of Allen, "when I meet someone like Allen Toussaint - that for me is like meeting, you know, someone the equivalent of the Dalai Lama because for me, he influenced the way I played the piano, he’s a historical part of rock and roll."

In addition to a show opening duet with Elvis Costello, Allen also performs his song (previously a hit single for Lee Dorsey), "Working In A Coal Mine."

Allen Toussaint also has a new album coming in the Spring on Nonesuch Records (exact release date TBA). The new CD features guests including Nicholas Payton, Marc Ribot, Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, and Don Byron. Austin Scaggs already wrote about the new CD in Rolling Stone proclaiming that Allen is a "piano genius" and that "listening to him tickle the ivories is like being whisked away to a hot, lazy afternoon in the French Quarter."

See Allen live in 2009 >>

Rosebud Artists Score 5+ Grammy Nominations
December 2008, Rosebud News

Rosebud Artists captured 5+ Grammy nominations for the upcoming 51st Grammy Awards. Artists were honored in the following categories.

Best Contemporary Blues Album - Marcia Ball's Peace, Love and BBQ

Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album - BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet for Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as Michael Doucet’s own From Now On

Best Traditional Gospel Album - The Blind Boys of Alabama for their Down In New Orleans CD which also features Rosebud artist and New Orleans legend, Allen Toussaint

Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Bill Frisell’s History, Mystery.

Best Long Form Music Video category, Respect Yourself - The Stax Records Story featuring Mavis Staples and Booker T Jones (and named after The Staple Singers’ hit) also scored a nomination.

Our heartiest Congratulations and sincere Best of Luck to all the nominees.

Rosebud Artists Nominated For 2008 Roots Music Awards
October 2008, Rosebud News

The Roots Music Association has nominated four Rosebud artists in six categories for the 2008 Roots Music Awards. The awards will take place during the World United Music Festival in San Marcos, Texas November 14, 15, 16, 2008.

The Rosebud artists nominated are, for Blues Artist of the Year and for Blues Songwriter of the Year, Marcia Ball. For Folk Artist of the Year and for Folk Songwriter of the Year, Carrie Rodriguez. For Jazz Artist of the Year, Bill Frisell. For Zydeco Artist of the Year, Allen Toussaint.

You can vote for the awards here:

Catch the nominees out on tour: Marcia Ball tour dates || Carrie Rodriguez tour dates || Bill Frisell tour dates || Allen Toussaint tour dates

Allen Toussaint Honored at the 19th Annual Heroes & Legends Awards, "Sweet Touch of Love" Featured in New TV Ad
October 2008, Rosebud News

Allen Toussaint was recognized with a Pioneer Award at the Heroes & Legends Awards in Beverly Hills on September 28, 2008. The Heroes & Legends Awards and Scholarship Foundation was created by songwriter and Motown Alumna Janie Bradford to aid young people by providing much needed scholarship funds. The annual award dinner honors leading role models with diverse backgrounds such as music, theatre, motion pictures and business. This year’s other honorees include The Funk Brothers, Ernie Hudson and Martha Reeves.

Allen’s “Sweet Touch of Love” from his 1971 self titled album is currently featured in the humorous ad for Axe Dark Temptation body spray. Watch the ad here >>

Catch Allen Toussaint performing live: see tour dates>>

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Allen Toussaint And Trombone Shorty Featured in NBA All-Star Festivities
February 2008, Rosebud News

Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty will be featured participants in the nationally televised NBA All-Star game on TNT Sunday, February 17th. Trombone Shorty will perform during the player introductions along with Branford Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins and Rebirth Brass Band. Allen Toussaint will perform at half time as part of an all star lineup of keyboardists also featuring Harry Connick, Jr. and his band with Dr. John, Davell Crawford, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Jonathan Batiste and Ellis Marsalis. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will perform throughout the television special on the preceding day which will include the 3-Point Challenge, Slam Dunk competition and skills challenge. The NBA All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. Eastern (5 p.m. Pacific) at New Orleans Arena. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are all touring throughout 2008. - see tour dates >>

Allen Toussaint's "Yes We Can Can" Featured in Young At Heart Documentary
January 2008, Rosebud News

Allen Toussaint's "Yes We Can Can" will be featured in the documentary Young at Heart by filmmaker Stephen Walker. Young At Heart is based on an elderly singing group performing rock tunes. "Yes We Can Can" performed by the chorus is a group favorite says singer Steve Martin, "That song typifies who we are, that even at our average age at 78, we can exude that kind of energy." The documentary has been nominated for several awards in 2007. Allen Toussaint will be touring troughout 2008. - see tour dates >>

Bettye LaVette, Mavis Staples And More Rosebud Artists Recognized In Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll
January 2008, Rosebud News

Rosebud artists Bettye LaVette and Mavis Staples scored spots in the top 35 of Village Voice's annual "Pazz & Jop Poll" for LaVette’s Scene Of The Crime and Staples’ We'll Never Turn Back. The annual poll combines ballots from 577 critics’ Top 10 lists to acknowledge the best albums of 2007. Additional Rosebud artists whose CDs were honored were Bill Frisell (for his work with Floratone and with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano) Loudon Wainwright III, Meshell Ndegeocello, Ruthie Foster, Pieta Brown, Ann Savoy and the late Muddy Waters. Compilations that featured Rosebud artists were Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars), Goin Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino (Allen Toussaint, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and Marcia Ball) and Song Of America (The Blind Boys of Alabama and Bettye LaVette).

See the full list of albums at: Village Voice's annual "Pazz & Jop Poll" >>

Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino featuring Allen Toussaint, Marcia Ball, Trombone Shorty and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band out September 25
September 2007, Rosebud News

Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino features Rosebud artists Allen Toussaint, Marcia Ball, Trombone Shorty and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. On this double-disc tribute, Allen Toussaint joins Paul McCartney on "I Want to Walk You Home” and Marcia Ball pairs up with Irma Thomas for their own rendition of "I Just Can't Get New Orleans Off My Mind". Marcia also sings backing vocals with Dr John on “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. Trombone Shorty also does double duty teaming up with the Rebirth Brass Band and Lenny Kravitz on "Whole Lotta Loving" and also joining with Ivan Nevilles Dumpstaphunk and B B King on “Goin Home” while The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is featured on "Every Night About This Time," along with Joss Stone and Buddy Guy. The album, set for a September 25 release, includes Domino hits such as "Blueberry Hill," "I’m Walkin’," and "Ain’t That a Shame”. Other artists on the album include Willie Nelson, Elton John, Robert Plant, and Neil Young. Proceeds are to be donated to New Orleans Public Schools and fund the reconstruction of Domino’s home, which was severely damaged from Hurricane Katrina.

Allen Toussaint Honored By BBC, Touring U.K. And Europe
May 2007, Rosebud News

Rosebud artist Allen Toussainthas been nominated for the BBC’s Radio 2 Jazz Artist Of The Year award. The winner of the prestigious honor will be announced during the BBC Jazz Awards ceremony July 12 at the Mermaid Theatre in London. The legendary musician’s fellow nominees are Curtis Stigers and Madeleine Peyroux. Toussaint will spend much of June touring the U.K. with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in June, and a full European tour with Elvis Costello will follow in July. ..see tour dates >>

Allen Toussaint Honored as Best Pianist and for Album of the Year / Toussaint Songs Featured on Harry Connick Jr. CD
February 2007, Rosebud News

Offbeat Magazine (Feb. 2007) readers named Allen Toussaint’s collaboration with Elvis Costello (The River In Reverse) Album of the Year and honored the legendary Toussaint as Best Pianist. Allen Toussaint's music is also featured on Harry Connick Jr.'s latest release, Oh, My NOLA, currently enjoying major success on Billboard's Top Albums chart (#11 as of 2/4/07). The album kicks off with Toussaint's R&B classic "Working in a Coal Mine," (co-written with Lee Dorsey), in a funky big-band style. Also featured on the album is Toussaint's spiritual and motivational "Yes We Can," (previously a hit for The Pointer Sisters) arranged for Connick's large ensemble. Look for Allen Toussaint on the road throughout 2007. see tour dates >>

Rosebud Artists Score In Downbeat Critics Poll
July 2007, Rosebud News

Bill Frisell was named Best Guitarist for the fourth year in a row (and seventh in 10 years) in Downbeat's Critics Poll. Several frequent Frisell collaborators were also honored: Sam Yahel was on top in the Rising Star Organ category and Jenny Scheinman was named #1 Rising Star Violin, while producer (and Frisell manager) Lee Townsend, drummers Brian Blade and Joey Baron, and violinist Eyvind Kang were among the honorees in their respective categories.

Bettye LaVette and Charlie Musselwhite both placed in the top 10 for Blues Artist/Group, and Tommy Castro was among the Rising Star Blues Artist/Group honorees. The Blues Album category included JJ Cale & Eric Clapton’s "The Road To Escondido" as well as Musselwhite’s "Delta Hardware". Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint’s "The River In Reverse" and Richard Thompson’s "The Life And Music Of Richard Thompson" were honored in the Beyond Album category.

Congratulations to all the honorees!

Allen Toussaint in Film, Soundtrack and DVD
December 2006, Rosebud News

Allen Toussaint appears in the new IMAX Theatre film Hurricane On The Bayou from the producers of Everest. Shot in the midst of Katrina and narrated by Meryl Streep, the film makes the call to restore the vital wetlands of Louisiana and give New Orleans hope for the future. Allen Toussaint, Amanda Shaw, Chubby Carrier and Marva Wright are featured in a passionate performance of a resonant modern hymn (written by the film’s composer Steve Wood) in the oldest Cathedral in North America, New Orleans’ elegant St. Louis Cathedral. The film’s release will be accompanied by a soundtrack featuring another Rosebud artist, Mavis Staples, as well as Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Fats Domino, The Rebirth Brass Band and Zydeco Force. Hurricane On The Bayou opens nationwide on December 22. Allen Toussaint is also featured with Elvis Costello on their DVD, Hot As A Pistol, Keen As A Blade (Hip-O/UMe), released December 5, 2006, which captures a live performance from their co-bill tour last summer highlighting songs from the album, The River in Reverse, as well as Costello gems spanning four decades, from “Watching The Detectives” and “Pump It Up” to lesser-known songs, most of them given special arrangements by Toussaint.

Grammy Nominations and Awards for Rosebud Artists
December 2006, Rosebud News

The 49th annual Grammy nominations were announced with Rosebud artists Allen Toussaint, Duke Robillard and Ann Savoy honored in the Pop, Blues and Folk categories, respectively. Allen Toussaint received a nomination in the Best Pop Vocal Album category for his collaboration with Elvis Costello on The River in Reverse, a project created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's devastation to Toussaint's hometown. Duke Robillard received the first Grammy nomination of his career for his latest CD Guitar Groove-A-Rama in the Best Traditional Blues Album category. Ann Savoy from The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band was recognized for her collaboration with ten-time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt in the Best Traditional Folk Album category for Adieu False Heart. Congratulations also to Gary Paczosa, engineer of the CD who was nominated for Best Engineered Album. In addition, Booker T. Jones will be honored with a Lifetime Grammy Achievement Award for his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame career with Booker T. & the MG's. The Grammys will air on CBS onFebruary 11, 2007.

Rosebud Artists Honored on Amazon's Best Music of 2006
December 2006, Rosebud News has released their annual picks for Best Music of the Year and Rosebud artists Allen Toussaint, JJ Cale, Ann Savoy, Charlie Musselwhite and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are among those honored. Allen Toussaint's CD The River In Reverse with Elvis Costello was recognized in the Top 100 Editor's Picks list. JJ Cale & Eric Clapton's The Road To Escondido appears as #37 on the Customer's Top 100 list. Charlie Musselwhite's Delta Hardware was recognized as the #1 CD of the year in the Blues category, while Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars debut CD Living Like A Refugee was selected as the #4 CD of the year in the International category. Ann Savoy of The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band appears twice in both the Customer's Top 100 list and #3 in the Folk category for her CD Adieu False Heart with Linda Ronstadt. Congratulations to all.

For more information and to purchase CDs, please visit Amazon's Best Music of 2006 >>.

Allen Toussaint Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
October 2006, Rosebud News

Allen Toussaint was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer/Engineer at the Americana Music Awards. The award was presented by Elvis Costello who cited Toussaint's classic recordings with artists such as Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, Chris Kenner, The Band and LaBelle. Costello and Toussaint capped off the event by performing a track from their album The River in Reverse before leading the crowd in a gospel sing-along and a version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind." Other stars performers included Dave Alvin, Rosanne Cash, Alejandro Escovedo and Ruthie Foster.

Rosebud artists Allen Toussaint and The Dirty Dozen's Gregory Davis featured in National TV Broadcast of Superdome Re-opening Celebration
September 2006, Rosebud News

The New Orleans Saints returned to the Superdome with a nationally televised grand celebration in which Rosebud artists Allen Toussaint and The Dirty Dozen's Gregory Davis were highly visible. Gregory lead a group of brass musicians to the foot of the stage, preceding a performance by U2 and Green Day. U2's Bono even name dropped Allen Toussaint in the lyric to "Beautiful Day". Later, the national anthem was performed by legendary New Orleans icons Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint.

Allen Toussaint and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Featured in Katrina Benefit DVD, "From The Big Apple to The Big Easy"
August 2006, Rosebud News

Allen Toussaint and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are among the all-star cast of the DVD "From The Big Apple to The Big Easy" which documents the benefit concert of the same name held in New York City in September 20, 2005. Allen Toussaint is featured performing solo on “Southern Nights” and with Cyndi Lauper on “Last Train/I Know (You Don’t Want Me No More)”. In addition he shares the stage with and provides accompaniment to Art Neville, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Jimmy Buffett, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville and Irma Thomas. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are featured in performances with Elvis Costello and Dave Bartholomew, Diana Krall with Troy Andrews and Kermit Ruffins. Later, they join The Neville Brothers, The Meters and others in a show closing performance of “When the Saints Go Marching In”. Charlie Musselwhite also performed with Tom Waits at Radio City Music Hall the same evening in a simultaneous show benefiting the same cause. The live concerts raised nearly 9 million dollars for hurricane relief efforts and 100% of the proceeds from this DVD will go toward continuing those efforts.

Rhino: "From The Big Apple to The Big Easy" DVD >>
"From The Big Apple to The Big Easy" - video clip >>
"From The Big Apple to The Big Easy" concert (interview clips) >>

Rosebud Signs The Legendary Allen Toussaint
July 2006, Rosebud News

The Rosebud Agency is proud to announce the signing of New Orleans' legendary producer, pianist, writer, arranger and singer, Allen Toussaint, for exclusive worldwide booking representation. Toussaint has collaborated with, produced, or had his songs covered by artists as diverse as The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, The Band, Paul Simon, The Meters, Joe Cocker, Dr. John and now Elvis Costello among many more. Allen and Elvis are just finishing a tour in support of their hit CD collaboration, The River In Reverse. Toussaint has rarely toured in the past but he plans to change that now and we're eager to accommodate.

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Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint's spirited and deeply soulful new album, including seven songs from Toussaint's remarkable catalog; five newly written by the two; and one new song, the title track, written by Costello.

Sessions for the album took place over a whirlwind two weeks late last year in Hollywood, CA and at Piety Street Studios in Toussaint's hometown of New Orleans.

Produced by Joe Henry, the album masterfully combines Costello's band The Imposters with Toussaint's horn section (Amadee Castenell, Joe Smith, Sam Williams and Brian Cayolle) and guitarist (Anthony Brown). ...more on Verve Forcast >>

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