Sometimes art makes for strange bedfellows. Such appeared to be the case in 2006 when British new wave singer/songwriter Elvis Costello teamed with a true New Orleans musical icon to record an album.
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint died in 2015 in Spain, but his spirit will forever live on in the city that made him. The Rhythm and Blues artist was honored with a street bearing his name in early 2022, and now his fellow artist, and frequent collaborator Elvis Costello, is honoring him by walking down the street named after his dear friend.
Last week, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously to rename Robert E. Lee Boulevard for Allen Toussaint. Or as one media outlet headlined: "Lee Surrenders Again." New Orleans City Council member Jared C. Brossett submitted the ordinance to the city's planning commission in December. Allen Toussaint was a songwriter,...
A New Orleans boulevard named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee will be renamed. According to CNN, on Jan. 6, a New Orleans City Council voted unanimously to change the name of Robert E. Lee Boulevard, which goes through the northern part of New Orleans, to Allen Toussaint Boulevard. Toussaint is a legendary New Orleans performer, producer and songwriter who died in 2015.
Plus, new blues releases and more in the Crossroads January look back at the past year in blues. Chicago native Chris Heim produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally and internationally distributed world music show heard in more than 40 states and nearly 40 countries; the nightly jazz show Night Train, and Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show. In 2020, Chris received first place in Special Program from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, as well as first place in DJ Personality Air Check for Night Train.
New Orleans City Council votes unanimously to rename Robert E. Lee Blvd for legendary musician Allen Toussaint
(CNN) — The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously Thursday to change the name of Robert E. Lee Boulevard to Allen Toussaint Boulevard, councilmember Jared C. Brossett confirmed to CNN Saturday. Toussaint, a New Orleans music legend, died in 2015 of a heart attack while he was touring in...
The name of Confederate general and Virginia native Robert E. Lee will be removed from the prominent Gentilly and Lakeview boulevard and replaced with the name of influential musician and New Orleans native Allen Toussaint. Following the recommendation from the New Orleans City Council Street Renaming Commission,, the City Council...
The New Orleans thoroughfare named for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, a Virginian recast into a Lost Cause legend in the era of Jim Crow, will now bear the name of a proud New Orleanian, the late music icon Allen Toussaint. The City Council voted unanimously Thursday to change the...
The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously Thursday evening to rename Robert E. Lee Boulevard for Allen Toussaint. The change will go into effect Feb. 1 for the four and a half mile street running through Lakeview and Gentilly. The push to rename several public spaces and city streets that...
By unanimous vote of the New Orleans City Council on Thursday evening, a four and a half mile boulevard in Lakeview named in honor of Confederate General Robert E. Lee will be renamed after the late rhythm-and-blues icon Allen Toussaint. The renaming is part of an ongoing effort to rid New Orleans’ streetscape of place names memorializing Confederate leaders and white supremacists.
Robert E. Lee Boulevard should be renamed for one of New Orleans' most beloved rhythm and blues icons, the City Planning Commission agreed Tuesday in a move aligned with recent city efforts to end the commemorations of racist individuals and symbols of the Confederacy. Commissioners agreed that the four-mile street,...
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NEW ORLEANS — The renaming of Robert E Lee Blvd. to Allen Toussaint Blvd. took another step as the city planning commission agreed to the change. As he sat in his office watching old Allen Toussaint YouTube videos, Mark Raymond smiled and said, “you could almost picture him doing this sitting at a random bar room doing this.”
The City Planning Commission on Tuesday will consider renaming Robert E. Lee Boulevard in the Gentilly and Lakeview neighborhoods, part of city officials' broader effort to wipe New Orleans streets and landmarks of names associated with the Confederacy and white supremacy. Robert E. Lee would become Toussaint Boulevard if commissioners...
(AP) — A New Orleans city council member is pushing to change a street currently named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee and replace it with one the city’s most famous musicians, Allen Toussaint. Jared C. Brossett introduced an ordinance to rename the street that goes through the northern part...
The Grammy award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) will celebrate its nineteenth season with the annual Big Beat Gala fundraiser on Saturday, December 4, hosted by Big Freedia. The gala is jointly chaired by renowned author Walter Isaacson and Laverne Toombs, executive director of the New Orleans Black Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with Adonis Rose, artistic director of NOJO.
It will be a true southern night when the Grammy Award–winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) swings on stage at Lafayette’s Heymann Performing Arts Center for a big band concert on Thursday, October 21. Artistic director Adonis Rose will lead the band in tunes by Louisiana’s acclaimed musical genius, Allen Toussaint. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.