'New Orleans Nights' will celebrate city's special sounds Nov. 16

October 27, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- New Orleans Nights, a concert love letter to the rich traditions of the Crescent City, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Eisenhower Auditorium. The concert will feature Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Allen Toussaint, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and The Joe Krown Trio. The concert also will include percussionist Reginald Toussaint and bassist Nori Naraoka.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $45 for an adult, $22 for a University Park student and $38 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at http://www.cpa.psu.edu/ or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Tickets Downtown in the Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Songwriter, pianist, guitarist, singer, bandleader, arranger and recording producer Allen Toussaint has had a monumental influence on New Orleans music, especially R&B, for five decades. Toussaint’s hit songs include “Working in the Coal Mine,” “Mother-in-Law,” “Yes We Can” and “Southern Nights.”

Numerous singers from a variety of genres have covered Toussaint’s songs. He has written/arranged for or worked with a who’s who of musicians, including Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, the Rolling Stones, the Pointer Sisters, Aaron Neville, Patti LaBelle, Paul Simon, Etta James, Glen Campbell, Chet Atkins and The Who.

The Grammy-winning Payton, who last appeared at Eisenhower with The Blue Note 7 in April 2009, is a composer, bandleader and trumpeter who The New York Times calls “abundantly gifted” and “a high-wire soloist.”

Raised in a musical family in New Orleans -- his father Walter, bassist for Preservation Hall Jazz Band, performed at Penn State several years ago -- Payton studied with Crescent City jazz masters Clyde Kerr Jr. and Ellis Marsalis. He came to national prominence in New York City in the 1990s, performing frequently at Jazz at Lincoln Center and with its Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.

A fan favorite on Sunday nights at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans, The Joe Krown Trio features Krown on piano and Hammond B-3 organ, Walter “Wolfman” Washington on guitar and soulful vocals and Russell Batiste Jr. on drums.

Glenn and Nancy Gamble sponsor the concert. Jazz Spectrum on THE LION 90.7 FM is the media sponsor. Corvette America underwrites jazz presentations at the Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or a local expert, is offered in Eisenhower Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity. Seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Last Updated October 27, 2010