Headlining the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in June, Allen Toussaint, dapper Renaissance man of New Orleans music, brought a band to town for the first time in memory and regaled a huge, celebratory crowd in St. Paul's Mears Park. Now he's back, band in tow, for a couple of shows in the friendly confines of the Dakota. A brilliant pianist in the grand New Orleans tradition, and always prolific as a songwriter, producer, and arranger, since Hurricane Katrina Toussaint has been at his most active outside the Crescent City in decades. First was the Katrina-spawned collaboration... More >>>