Personalities | Johnny St. Cyr | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, banjo, 1890–1966)

Johnny St. Cyr played around New Orleans as a teenager with A.J. Piron and the Superior, Olympia and Tuxedo bands. He joined Kid Ory’s band in 1918 and later played in Fate Marable’s riverboat band. In 1923 he moved to Chicago, where he joined King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. He played on Armstrong’s historic Hot Five and Hot Seven sessions (1925–27) and also recorded with Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers (1926). St. Cyr led a small Dixieland band at Disneyland from 1961 until his death.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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