:: Title :: Interview with Johnny St. Cyr about Fate Marable, Louis Armstrong, and gigs on board the Streckfus Steamers
:: 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 2 (00:11:48)
:: 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 the story of Fate Marable's orchestra aboard the Streckfus Steamers, his own involvement in the band (c. 1918), and his efforts to get Louis Armstrong to play with the band without having to lose his gig with Kid Ory. He recalls the river trips they made together with Marable's group, and Marable's bullying of his band. St. Cyr tells Lomax that Armstrong played 'every bit of a horn then.' [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949



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