It was aged 14 that a meeting with piano player Professor Longhair
spurred him to pursue a musical career, and he soon began performing at local clubs.
At that time, he was a respected session musician who had played on classic recordings by R&B mainstays like Professor Longhair
and Irma Thomas, but he was also a heroin addict.
John would become an heir to the New Orleans keyboard tradition of Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair
, Huey "Piano" Smith and Fats Domino.
He first performed with singer Professor Longhair
, according to People.
Tomorrow 5.30pm, Slug & Lettuce, Brindleyplace, and 2pm at Park Regis hotel, Birmingham MUSIC Tipitina Tiptina's take on the blues, barrelhouse, boogie and gospel of New Orleans owes much to the music of Professor Longhair
And now to die on this road with Professor Longhair
, a cab driver crazed and kind, consummation of car and man, and I speak it now: the world's best driver.
Written into the bylaws of the association was the right to host occasional "entertainment" to help replenish the treasury--which means this hall has hosted acts from Etta James to New Orleans legend Professor Longhair
It describes the careers and music of R&B artists, such as Fats Domino, Professor Longhair
, Huey oPianoo Smith, Allen Toussaint, Wardell Quezergue, and Dr.
MUSIC Blues and Boogie Tipitina, right, deliver their own unique take on the blues, barrelhouse, boogie and Gospel of New Orleans, in the footsteps of Professor Longhair
, Dr John, James Booker, Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint.
John and Professor Longhair
along with less well known Mardi Gras music.
As befits his fleet-footed past - an apprenticeship he shares with such late great musical originators as Lee Perry and Professor Longhair
- Leon phrases his raw and tender voice with poise and elegance, really getting into the crevices of a song.