:: Title :: Interview with Johnny St. Cyr about the take-over of jazz by whites
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Lomax, Alan
St. Cyr, John A. (Johnny) [vocal]
:: Setting :: At the home of Johnny St. Cyr
:: Location :: New Orleans (Orleans Parish), Louisiana (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, New Orleans
:: Session :: Johnny St. Cyr 4/49
:: Date :: 4/2/1949
:: Reference Information :: T999.0, Track 8 (00:10:23)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Interviews with guitarist and banjo player Johnny St. Cyr (1889-1966). St. Cyr was best known for his work on Louis Armstrong?s Hot Seven and Hot Five sessions. He played in the National, Tuxedo, and Magnolia orchestras, accompanied Fate Marable on the S.S. Capitol riverboat and Armand John (A. J.) Piron, and, in Chicago, was a member of King Oliver?s band and Jelly Roll Morton?s Red Hot Peppers. The last five years of his life he spent as bandleader of the Young Men From New Orleans at Disneyland in Los Angeles. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Lomax asks St. Cyr about 'Negroes getting edged out of music business.' Johnny recalls A. J. Piron's hustling of a black band at a country club, suggesting it as an example of white promoters becoming wary of black talent and replacing them with whites. Lomax is especially interested in what happened in Chicago, but St. Cyr - who says he got to Chicago in 1923 and stayed till 1929 - thinks it was more of an age issue than one of race. 'All the bands got youth conscious,' and audiences became tired of seeing the same old faces. St. Cyr also tells a funny story of a 'scrappin' fool' on board a Streckfus boat. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949



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