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Crescent City Sounds; Just a Closer Walk With Thee

CCS #3 final mix SR Approximate date: 1993

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Crescent City Sounds
Just a Closer Walk With Thee
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Radio Broadcast locally starting in January 1994, national feed began in June 1994. Two seasons of 26 programs each.

Weekly radio series featuring authentic Jazz and Blues music from New Orleans. Host Charmaine Neville, a native New Orleanian and jazz singer, provides a mixture of classic tracks and brand new recordings, along with her own commentary about the different artists and styles of music. Produced at WRBH on Magazine Street in New Orleans, and aired from Jan 7, 1994 to Sept 1, 1995. Recordings also include two 2-hour episodes covering segments of the 1994 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Charmaine Neville along with a production team that includes producer and script writer Kalamu ya Salaam, technical director Tim Green, executive producer Robert Lyons, and WGBH Radio Boston.

WGBH and in association with WRBH New Orleans and Bamboula inc, new orleans

See January 1994 Member Magazine for cover story.

Series release date: 1994

Program Description

Hosted by Charmaine Neville:

“Just a Closer Walk With Thee” - Sweet Emma / New Orleans Traditional Jazz Legends / Mardi Gras Records

“Just a Closer Walk With Thee” - Marva Wright: Sanctified / Tipitina’s Records

“Just a Closer Walk With Thee” - Luther Kent: New Orleans Style Gospel & Holiday Spirituals / Renegade Records

“He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands” - James Booker: Spiders on the Keys / Rounder Records

“It Don’t Cost Very Much” - Mahalia Jackson: Volume 2 / Columbia / Legacy Records

“Summertime” and “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” - Mahalia Jackson: Volume 3 / Columbia / Legacy Records

“When the Saints Go Marching In” - Tuts Washington: Mardi Gras Party / Rounder Records

“Surely” - Ernei K-Doe: New Orleans: A Musical Gumbo of Jazz, Blues & Gospel / Mardi Gras Records

“Do You Know Him” - Johnny Adams: Sanctified / Tipitina’s Records

“Lord, Lord” - Olympa Seranaders: Just a Closer Walk / Mardi Gras Records

“His Eye is on the Sparrow” - Lillian Boutte : I Sing Because I’m Happy / Bellaphon Records

“By and By” - Joe Cool Davis: Sanctified / Tipitina’s Records

“Oh Lord We Praise You” - Val & Love Alive: Sanctified / Tipitina’s Records



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