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UW Cultural Programs' Series Continues Oct. 16 with Jazz Legend

October 13, 2009
Man with piano
Allen Toussaint

New Orleans R&B legend Allen Toussaint is coming back to the University of Wyoming for an encore performance.

Toussaint made his UW Cultural Programs debut in 2007, and the audience was so receptive, he has been invited back. He will perform Friday, Oct. 16, in the Fine Arts Center concert hall, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $23 for the public and $19 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available by calling the Fine Arts Center box office at (307) 766-6666 or at the Web site

A producer, songwriter, pianist and vocalist, Toussaint has written music for, among others, The Rolling Stones, Robert Palmer, Otis Redding, Al Hirt, Lee Dorsey, the Pointer Sisters, Harry Connick Jr. and Elvis Costello. His recent CD with Costello was nominated for a Grammy.

"Winner of the Grammy Trustees' Award (a sort of "lifetime achievement award"), BBC Radio 2's 'Jazz Artist of the Year, Toussaint, as a musician and producer, has been the motive force for the New Orleans music scene for nearly five decades," says UW Cultural Programs Director Cedric Reverand. "This will be a rare opportunity to see an actual American legend. He's such a legend, you can even get a U.S. Postal Service commemorative Toussaint envelope."

To learn more about Toussaint, go to his official Web site at

Annually, Cultural Programs brings a variety of internationally-known performers to campus.

The fall concert series continues with The King's Singers (Oct. 23), an a cappella ensemble; Rebel (Nov. 13), a baroque ensemble; and concludes with Lisa De La Salle (Nov. 20), a pianist who will perform with the Boston Symphony before coming to Laramie.

The spring concert, which also includes five performances, opens Jan. 28.

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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