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Musicians of New Orleans: Allen Toussaint 

As the best Cajun food restaurant, we feel it’s our duty to spread the culture of Louisiana to Texas, North Carolina, and beyond. Whether that means serving new dishes from the backwoods of Cajun country or sharing the latest on the unique culture of New Orleans proper, Razzoo’s Cajun Café has you covered.

Ready to learn a little about New Orleans culture? Good because we’d like you to meet a true legend in the New Orleans music scene: Allen Toussaint.

Few people have had the impact on the New Orleans music scene at Toussaint. Born in 1938 to working class parents in New Orleans, Toussaint began to pick up a love for piano at an early age. He honed his skill, and by the time he was in his teens, he was playing with piano alongside some of the top musicians in New Orleans.

From there, his piano career just seemed to take off. He went on his first tour in his early 20s, filling in for Huey Piano Smith, a known New Orleans bandleader.

Not only was Toussaint a talented piano player, but he also had a knack for songwriting and producing. By the time he was in his 30s, he was writing and producing songs like “Working in the Coal Mine” by Lee Dorsey, “Mother-in-Law” by Ernie K-Doe, and “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” by Jessie Hill – highlighted everyday life in a way people could understand and relate to. As a producer, Toussaint worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer, and other legendary chart toppers of the day. While he never won a Grammy for any of his music (he did receive a Grammy Trustees Award in 2009 as a tribute to his long music career), many of his songs jumped the Billboard charts, with the widely popular “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell jumping to No. 1 on the charts in 1977.

In his later years, Toussaint was an ambassador for New Orleans jazz music. Always performing in flashy suits and ties, Toussaint was a staple at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and had a huge impact on reviving New Orleans after Katrina.

Toussaint died in 2015, but his legacy lives on! Join us for lunch or dinner and Razzoo’s Cajun Café – the best Cajun restaurant in Texas – and you may just hear a song or two by Toussaint as you eat.

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A Must for New Orleans Sightseeing: Preservation Hall

When planning your next trip to New Orleans, make sure your itinerary includes a trip to the world famous Preservation Hall.

 

Founded in 1961, Preservation Hall is the heart and soul of New Orleans jazz music. If you want to hear incredible New Orleans jazz, then Preservation Hall is your place!

 

Humble Beginnings

 

The story of Preservation Hall dates back to the 1950s when rock and roll and bebop were all the rage, and jazz music was on the outs.

A local gallery owner named Larry Borenstein had a love for legendary jazz music and hated that running his gallery took away from his time to see his favorite jazz bands perform, so he invited them to start playing at his gallery. Getting them to come was easy – since many were struggling to make ends meet – and word quickly spread of the jazz music hub in the French Quarter. The jam sessions began to take on a life of their own, and before long, nightly jazz concerts were held to preserve the art of jazz and to take donations for the artists.

 

The Legend Lives On

 

Today, you can visit Preservation Hall at the same address in the French Quarter – 726 St. Peter Street – and hear traditional New Orleans jazz any night of the week. The mission continues to be the same – to spread the love of jazz to a new generation.

 

Can’t make it to New Orleans anytime soon?

 

Don’t forget that Razzoo’s Cajun Café has a great and varied playlist that features zydeco, jazz, and many of the favorites you’ll hear in and around the Quarter.  Some of our restaurants even feature live music on some nights.  It may not be jazz, but it’s gonna be good! That includes your local Razzoo’s in Lewisville, Round Rock, Tyler and Harker Heights - give them a call to find out who’s playing this week and enjoy the best Cajun food in Texas while you’re at it! With 18 locations all over the great state of Texas, you’re sure to find a location near you.