The Latest: Rousing 'I'll Fly Away' ends Toussaint tribute

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Posted: Nov 20, 2015 2:46 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest from a musical tribute in New Orleans to famed songwriter, producer and performer Allen Toussaint, who died last week. All times local:

1:30 p.m.

It was a rousing final tribute to New Orleans-born musician Allen Toussaint: Trombone Shorty joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in a spirited, up-tempo version of "I'll Fly Away" to close out a series of performances and eulogies at the historic Orpheum theater in New Orleans.

Toussaint, the renowned songwriter, producer and performer, died last week at age 77 after a performance in Spain.

Jimmy Buffett, Boz Scaggs and Elvis Costello joined New Orleans favorites including Irma Thomas, Davell Crawford, John Boutte (BOO'-tey) and Dr. John in the Friday tribute.

One of the most touching moments: a recording of Toussaint himself singing a soulful "Take Me the Rest of the Way."

A private burial is set for Saturday.


1 p.m.

At a historic theater in New Orleans, musical stars from Louisiana and around the world are bidding goodbye to renowned songwriter, producer and performer Allen Toussaint.

The New Orleans-born music legend died last week at age 77.

At the Orpheum Theater on Friday, Elvis Costello recalled his first meeting with Toussaint in 1983. He said Toussaint was "gracious, generous, ever curious about what came next, but so modest."

Toussaint's body lay in repose nearby in a closed casket. Jimmy Buffett sang Toussaint's "Fortune Teller." And pianist Davell Crawford did a haunting version of "Southern Nights" — Toussaint's musical reminiscence of childhood visits to his relatives in the country.

A private burial is planned Saturday.


4 a.m.

This city of music is preparing to give a fitting farewell to musical legend Allen Toussaint who died earlier this month at the age of 77.

Throngs of fans, fellow musicians, friends and family were expected to make their way Friday morning to the Orpheum Theater in downtown New Orleans to pay their respects to Toussaint, whose body will be in a closed casket inside the ornate theater.

After the public visitation ends, a lineup of musicians is to perform a musical tribute to Toussaint. The tribute is to be played live on the city's community radio station WWOZ.

Toussaint died from a heart attack on Nov. 10 while on tour in Spain. A private burial is to take place on Saturday.