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He arrived as a guitarist without his axe, moved into a house with a piano and changed instruments.
Now, he's one of the most soulful R&B keyboard men in town. He's gigged with such Bayou blues luminaries as Earl King (1934-2003) and Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and John Scofield.
On JazzSet, Cleary leads off with Crescent City composers and originals.
Photos by Jerry Moran
In recent years, he's broadened his scope to work with bluesman Corey Harris and guitarist Leo Nocentelli of The Meters.
Butler opens his segment with an original that captures the feeling of home: "Orleans Inspiration.
" When he moves on to "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" and Toussaint's "Workin' in a Coal Mine," your hair may go perpendicular.
The Recording Academy recently honored Toussaint with a lifetime-achievement Grammy for his contributions as a singer and songwriter, pianist, arranger and producer.
From his 1950s work with Fats Domino and Lee Dorsey to his chart-topping 1970s hits (short list: "Lady Marmalade" by Patti LaBelle, The Pointer Sisters' "Yes We Can Can," Bonnie Raitt's "What Do You Want the Boy To Do?" and Glen Campbell covering "Southern Nights") to present-day collaborations with Elvis Costello, Toussaint has created a unique, rich legacy.
Singing at the piano, he shares some of it here.
"Chartres Street Boogie" (Cleary)
"Just Telephone Me" (Sweet Emma Barrett)
"Been and Gone" (Cleary)
"Farewell to Storyville" (Clarence Williams)
"Pops Dilemma" (James Booker)
"Orleans Inspiration" (Butler)
"Dock of the Bay" (Otis Redding)
"Coal Mine" (Allen Toussaint)
"We Are America" (Unknown)
"Yes We Can Can" (Toussaint)
"Mama You Been On My Mind" (Bob Dylan)
"Mr. Mardi Gras" (Toussaint)
Originally recorded Nov. 7, 2008