Johnny St. Cyr is one of the masters of early blues-jazz.
His recordings with Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven
feature some really impressive solo and rhythm player where
St. Cyr explores the extended range of the guitar-banjo. St.
Cyr used a special made banjo with an extra large pot for
St. Cyr had his own bands in New Orleans as far back as
1905. He played with A.J. Piron, the Superior, Olympia and
Tuxedo bands, played on the riverboats with Fate Marable and
was with King Oliver when he went north to Chicago in 1923.
St. Cyr recorded with King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and
with Louis Armstrong as a key member of the Hot Five and Hot