City Of The Dead

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Our guest this week on New Orleans Calling is Tony Paone, a tour guide with the non-profit organization Save Our Cemeteries, which is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting the historic cemeteries of New Orleans through restoration, education, and advocacy. We met up at the famous St Louis #1 cemetery on Basin Street.

Make sure to visit www.saveourcemeteries.org to learn the truth about New Orleans' famous above-ground cemeteries -- unfortunately, a great deal of myth and well-intentioned misinformation keeps being disseminated by uninformed tour guides and repeated in travel guides and in local conventional wisdom.  For example, many locals in New Orleans grow up believing that we bury the dead above ground because the water table is so high -- it turns out that isn't the case at all! Listen to this week's show to hear Tony Paone give the real explanation.

Debbie Davis and Alex McMurray performed a special version of "When the Saints Go Marching In" for us this week, recorded in Alex's kitchen in the Bywater part of town.  Here's a video of Debbie performing Dream A Little Dream Of Me, with Matt Perrine on sousaphone:

And here's a video of Alex McMurray, a singer and songwriter who seems to be performing all over New Orleans, practically every day and night of the week.  The song is "You've Got To Be Crazy (To Live In This Town)":

Corey Harris performed the haunting "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was The Ground" on this week's program. Here's Corey performing "Special Rider Blues."

 

THIS WEEK'S TRACK LISTING:

James Andrews, Trombone Shorty, Cyril Neville (vocals) - "Just a Closer walk with Thee"
(music bed) Preservation Hall Jazz Band - "Westlawn Dirge"
Magnificent Seventh's Brass Band - "As I Lay My Burden Down"
(music bed) Preservation Hall Jazz Band - "Do Lord"
(music bed) Papa Celestin's New Orleans Band - "Marie La Veau"
Paul Barbarin - "Lily of the Valley"
(music bed) Louis Armstrong - "Melancholy"
Lucien Barbarin And The Palm Court Swingers - "Just a Little While to Stay Here"
(music bed) Hot 8 Brass Band - "Ghost Town"
   
(music bed) Louis Armstrong - "I'm Gonna Gitcha"
Louis Armstrong - "When the Saints Go Marching in"
(music bed) Alvin Batiste with Red Callender, Al Casey, et al - "When the Saints Go Marching in"
Alex McMurray and Debbie Davis - "When the Saints Go Marching in"
(music bed) Dr. Michael White - "Algiers Hoodoo Woman"
Hurray for the Riff Raff - "Dance of Death"
(music bed) Daniele Spadavecchia & Sicilian Swing - "Guaglione"
(music bed) Jimi Hendrix - "If 6 was 9"
Champion Jack Dupree - "Give Me Flowers While I'm Livin'"
Corey Harris - "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground"
(music bed) Tangle Eye - "O Death"

 

 

 

 

NEW ORLEANS CALLING is a production of WWOZ, listener-supported community radio in the Crescent City.
Host, writer, editor, interviewer, audio engineer, intrepid field recorder, and co-producer is George Ingmire.
Dave Ankers is the producer.
Melanie Merz is the supervising producer.
Vocal tracks produced by Jorge Fuentes.
National distribution managed by Russell Shelton and Carmen Connor Post.
Web support by David Stafford.
Live tracks mixed by George Ingmire.
Executive Producer is WWOZ’s General Manager David Freedman.

Special thanks to: 
Sally Young and Crystal Gross, for their voice talents;
WWOZ’s Dwayne Breashears, Scott Borne, Dee Lindsey, Lauren Del Rio, Leslie Molson, Beau Royster, and Maryse Dejean;
Rachel Lyons, Dolores Hooper, and the Archives of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation.

 

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