Allen Toussaint shares upbeat, varied bill with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
In 2012, New Orleans music icon Allen Toussaint got a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. Toussaint is among a handful of artists who are in both the rock ‘n’ roll and the blues halls of fame, but even for him, going to the White House was an extra high high.
“It felt royal,” Toussaint said. “Especially with this president. He’s a hands-on person. You can feel it in his handshake. He didn’t send someone to do it. He was there, body, mind and spirit.”
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