Jazz preview 2-8 June

Allen Toussaint And The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, on tour

Allen Toussaint And The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
On tour

The traditional tourist spot in New Orleans has long been Preservation Hall, a museum of living music opened by an art-dealer jazz fan in the 1950s to provide work for the city's jazz veterans. Eventually, Preservation Hall developed a resident band, and the latest version begin a long UK tour this week under the inspired direction of charismatic singer/pianist Allen Toussaint. Toussaint has been a star over four decades, writing R&B and soul hits and becoming a favourite hip-hop sampling source for classics such as Ride Your Pony. Toussaint's 10-piece band reflects another of his talents, powerfully grooving horn-arranging.

· The Anvil, Basingstoke, Sat 2; Barbican, EC2, Mon 4; Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Tue 5; De Montfort Hall, Leicester, Wed 6; Colston Hall, Bristol, Thu 7; Lighthouse, Poole, Fri 8


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