World-renowned stars and home folks who love New Orleans’ rich musical heritage crowded into a historic theater Friday to bid farewell in words and song to Allen Toussaint, a prolific songwriter, performer and producer who died last week at age 77.
Jimmy Buffett sang “Fortune Teller.” Davell Crawford accompanied himself on piano, singing a haunting version of “Southern Nights,” the New Orleans-born Toussaint’s reminiscence of childhood visits to relatives in rural south Louisiana. Other performers included John Boutte, Dr. John and New Orleans’ “Queen of Soul” Irma Thomas, who said farewell with a gospel tune. The Preservation Hall Brass Band joined Trombone Shorty to close out the performances with a rousing “I’ll Fly Away.”
Earlier, Boz Scaggs and Elvis Costello were among those delivering eulogies.
(Photos: Allen Toussaint and Jimmy Buffett at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Saturday, May 3, 2014; Buffett performs at the memorial service Nov 20, 2015 )
Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2015/11/21/25315/