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Mose Allison 

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8 p.m. & 10 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 29-30

Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com

Mississippi Delta-born pianist Mose Allison first earned critical acclaim in 1957 with the recording Back Country Suite, a masterful song cycle that evoked the musical landscape of his birthplace. Allison, who graduated from LSU in 1952 with degrees in English and philosophy, seamlessly blended the raw blues sound he heard growing up with the influence of then-contemporary piano greats like Thelonious Monk. His deceptively smooth amalgamation of rustic blues and modern jazz earned the admiration of rockers like Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt, who have all cited Allison as an influence. His lyrics are marked by evocative, often humorous country-style storytelling. Now in his 70s, he's changed a line in the classic "Young Man Blues" (once recorded by the Who) from "A young man ain't nothing in the world these days" to "An old man ain't nothing in the U.S.A." A late set by Twangorama follows at midnight on Saturday. The following night, Allison is accompanied by local luminaries James Singleton on bass and Johnny Vidacovich on drums. Tickets $25. — Fensterstock



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