:: Title :: Interview with Johnny St. Cyr about playing on board the Streckfus Steamers and their repetoire
:: 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 3 (00:07:18)
:: 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 recalls the routine on board the Streckfus Steamers. The repetoire was set by the captains, who would travel around the country's nightclubs checking out bands and buying good arrangements from them. Publishing houses would send stacks of sheet music for the bands. They played on the docks weeknights and Sunday matinees, and, 'We really sold them on [jazz].' The audiences 'just went crazy for it.' [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949

 

 

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