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Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together (1982)

 -  Documentary | Music  -  6 May 1982 (USA)
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Portrait of three great New Orleans piano players.


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Credited cast:
Henry 'Professor Longhair' Byrd ...
Henry 'Professor Longhair' Byrd
Allen Toussaint (as Allen R. Toussaint)
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Isodore 'Tuts' Washington


This celebrated video by Stevenson Palfi features the best piano "professors" of the last three generations: New Orleans' keyboard aces Isidore "Toots" Washington, Henry "Professor Longhair" Byrd, and Allen Toussaint. One of the most important and exciting explorations of New Orleans' musical tradition ever made. Written by Les Blank

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"...better than most peoples' careers"
8 April 2008 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

I recently did a post about Fess {that's the nickname for Professor's nickname}, including links to some YouTube posts featuring him, and one of the best comments i got from a reader was: "Fess played intros that were better than most peoples' careers".

When Professor Longhair stepped on a rainbow in 1982, we lost one of the true geniuses of American music.

Some of my New Orleans friends knew Fess.

I'm sorry i never got the chance.

I did (briefly) meet his widow at the 1987 New Orleans JazzFest; she was signing posters and suchlike that WWOZ was selling to raise money.

This film should be widely available - why isn't it?

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