Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009
American DVD cover
Toussaint performing in Stockholm in 2009
Allen Toussaint receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2013

The film is narrated by Art Neville, and the interviewees include local music pioneers Allen Toussaint, Lloyd Price, Irma Thomas, and Aaron Neville, contemporary New Orleans musicians Kermit Ruffins and Trombone Shorty, as well as rock musicians Bonnie Raitt and Keith Richards, who describe the influence of New Orleans music on their careers.

- Make It Funky (film)

Toussaint is interviewed on screen, served as a musical director, led his band and appears in performance footage in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk and jazz.

- Allen Toussaint
Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009

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Cleary in 2008

Jon Cleary (musician)

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British-born American funk and R&B musician based in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he has studied the "musical culture and life of New Orleans" according to his website.

British-born American funk and R&B musician based in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he has studied the "musical culture and life of New Orleans" according to his website.

Cleary in 2008
Jon Cleary, Cornell Williams (b) & A.J. Hall (dr) at INNtöne Jazzfestival, Austria 2016

Cleary is interviewed on screen and appears in performance footage in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk and jazz.

In the film, Cleary performs a piano duo of "Tipitina" with Allen Toussaint.

Eaglin in 2006

Snooks Eaglin

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American guitarist and singer based in New Orleans.

American guitarist and singer based in New Orleans.

Eaglin in 2006

In 1952, he joined the Flamingoes, a local seven-piece band started by Allen Toussaint.

Eaglin appears in performance footage in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk and jazz.

Raitt in 2000

Bonnie Raitt

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American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and political activist.

American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and political activist.

Raitt in 2000
Raitt performing at the Berkeley Community Theater, 1976–1977
Raitt at the 1990 Grammy Awards
Raitt performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 23, 2004
Raitt with musician Jackson Browne at a 1997 press conference opposing the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository

Raitt is interviewed on screen and appears in performance footage in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk and jazz.

In the film, Raitt performs "What is Success" with Allen Toussaint and band, a song he wrote and that Raitt included on her 1974 album Streetlights.

Porter Jr. performing in 2004

George Porter Jr.

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American musician, best known as the bassist and singer of The Meters.

American musician, best known as the bassist and singer of The Meters.

Porter Jr. performing in 2004
Porter performs at Bimbo's 365 Club, San Francisco, May 2011

After a short time, however, the band was trimmed down to four core members - Art Neville, Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and Porter Jr. The four were playing six nights a week at a Bourbon Street bar called Ivanhoe when they were approached by Allen Toussaint and asked if they wanted to sign a record deal.

Porter appears in performance footage in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk and jazz.

Price in 1959

Lloyd Price

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American R&B and swing singer-songwriter, record executive and bandleader, known as "Mr. Personality", after his 1959 million-selling hit, "Personality".

American R&B and swing singer-songwriter, record executive and bandleader, known as "Mr. Personality", after his 1959 million-selling hit, "Personality".

Price in 1959
Price in 1996
Price with the Ed Palermo Big Band, 2018

Price appears in performance footage in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk and jazz.

In the film, he performs "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" with Allen Toussaint and band.

Tipitina

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Song written and made famous by Professor Longhair.

Song written and made famous by Professor Longhair.

Allen Toussaint described learning the song as a "rite of passage".

The song is included as a full-length performance (piano duo) by Allen Toussaint and Jon Cleary in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk and jazz.

Lawdy Miss Clawdy

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Rhythm and blues song by New Orleans singer/songwriter Lloyd Price that "grandly introduced The New Orleans Sound".

Rhythm and blues song by New Orleans singer/songwriter Lloyd Price that "grandly introduced The New Orleans Sound".

The song is included as a full-length performance by Price and Allen Toussaint in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk and jazz.

Thomas at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2006

Irma Thomas

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American singer from New Orleans.

American singer from New Orleans.

Thomas at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2006
Thomas appearing with James Taylor and others in 2008

She then began recording on the Minit label, working with songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint on songs including "It's Raining" and "Ruler of My Heart", which was later reinterpreted by Otis Redding as "Pain in My Heart".

Thomas is interviewed on screen and appears in performance footage in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk and jazz.

Fortune Teller (song)

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"Fortune Teller" is a song written by Allen Toussaint under the pseudonym Naomi Neville and first recorded by Benny Spellman.

The song is included as a part of a medley performed by Allen Toussaint of some of his hits in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk and jazz.

Original vinyl release

Working in the Coal Mine

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Original vinyl release

"Working in the Coal Mine" is a song with music and lyrics by the American musician and record producer Allen Toussaint.

The song is also included as a part of a medley performed by Allen Toussaint of some of his hits in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk and jazz.