:: Title :: Interview with Johnny St. Cyr about the future of jazz
:: 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 9 (00:02:20)
:: 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 what he thinks will happen to jazz. St. Cyr replies that it will 'come back to what it was,' with a younger generation of players learning the techniques and styles of the older players. He sees them rehearsing much more than the old players did, though he admits that they don't play as hard or as long at their engagements as the old guard did. It's 'only these small combos who are getting regular work' now, he says. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949

 

 

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