Great Job, Internet!: Watch as Allen Toussaint gets the jazz funeral treatment he richly deserved

Musician/songwriter/producer Allen Toussaint, who died while on tour in Madrid on November 11 at the age of 77, may not have been terrifically well known to the public at large, but that does not lessen the impact he had on R&B, soul, and jazz, especially in his home base of New Orleans. The Guardian called him “one of popular music’s great backroom figures,” and his hit compositions included “Java,” “I Like It Like That,” “Southern Nights,” “Working In The Coal Mine,” and more. It was only after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that Toussaint began to branch out as a touring live performer, serving as the Crescent City’s musical ambassador to the world. On November 20, New Orleans paid its final respects to Allen Toussaint with a respectful, capacity-crowd visitation and memorial at the city’s Orpheum Theater.

After the two-hour service had concluded, there was a …

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