:: Title :: Interview with Johnny St. Cyr about Jelly Roll Morton (fragment)
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Lomax, Alan
St. Cyr, John A. (Johnny)
:: 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 :: T997.0, Track 1 (00:00:13)
:: 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 - Fragment of interview in which St. Cyr recalls Jelly Roll Morton's early days playing in the District. Repeated at the beginning of following track. [Source: Editor]
0 - St. Cyr recalls Jelly Roll Morton's early days playing in the District - "he used to play all night and practice all day - boys used to ask him when do he sleep!" Says that Morton was the best pianist second only to Tony Jackson. Lomax asks if Morton in fact wrote the "Tiger Rag" - St. Cyr says no, the Dixieland Jazz Band were the first to play it, but he does give Morton credit for "Wolverine Blues," "Jelly Roll Blues," and "New Orleans Blues." Discussion of old tunes being appropriated and rearranged for jazz. Recalls Morton at the Melrose Bros. shop in Chicago. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949

 

 

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