:: Title :: Interview with Johnny St. Cyr about trying to register to vote, the potential political power of African Americans, and political changes in New Orleans
:: 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 11 (00:14:21)
:: 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 - St. Cyr tells a story of his attempt to register to vote, and being foiled by a white registrar. He acknowledges the potential power of the black vote, and expresses his pleasure with the younger generation's increasing interest in enfranchisement. St. Cyr recalls some experiences with discrimination and discusses his hope for a more egalitarian future. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949

 

 

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