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As the daughter of one of the highly acclaimed Neville Brothers, Charmaine Neville is heir to a rich New Orleans musical legacy, but is busy putting her own stamp on this musical heritage.
Charmaine Neville and her band dish out a spicy mix of the best of New Orleans music, from the nastiest of blues to some V-8-driven R&B. Add a funky rhythm and some jazzy ballads, and you've got yourself one helluva Crescent City gumbo.
"All music is good music," Charmaine says firmly. "I try to cover the whole spectrum and do just everything. I don't want to be stagnated and stuck in a rut. People ask, 'Oh, what category would you put your music in?' and I say, 'Good!'"
Born into the third generation of the New Orleans legendary musical family, Charmaine Neville has nonetheless worked hard to get where she is and make her music known as her own. The work has paid off as one reviewer recently wrote, "Charmaine Neville is beginning to rival her father and uncles in terms of popularity in New Orleans."
She started out backing up the Neville Brothers and went on to perform with the Survivors, a band whose alumni list includes Harry Connick Jr. and Bobby McFerrin. It was here that she first started working with saxophonist Reggie Houston.
Charmaine Neville will be long-remembered in her chosen world. From her cameo appearance in Taylor Hackford's Warner Brothers motion picture "Everybody's All-American" to Time Magazine's accolade as "best pair of lungs in New Orleans," to the PBS "Lonesome Pine Special" which featured her for the show's entire one hour duration, to a splashy photo layout in Vogue, to appearances in TV commercials ranging from Levi's 501 jeans to the crusty old New Orleans Times-Picayune, Charmaine is running all of the media bases.
Charmaine Neville wields her bright alto voice with breezy, carefree panache over a mixed bag of styles, from blues and bebop scatting to Latin and cool R&B. Her excellent band includes the superb saxophonist Reggie Houston, an alumnus of Fats Domino's band, and veteran New Orleans pianist Amasa Miller (a' ma-see).
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