Paul Scavarda

Christmas songs are not always the most joyous of musical experiences.  Every year there is a list of songs that are nice; those that are fun, or at least bearable to play or listen to.  There’s also a list of naughty songs; they represent the worst qualities of Christmas and amount to monotonous sugar-coated programming chants. … Continue reading Paul Scavarda

Johnny St. Cyr

Starting his musical career in the early 1900’s, Johnny St. Cyr is one of the original pioneers of jazz music.  He played with the best of them; Baby Dodds, Johnny Dodds, King Oliver, Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong.  He is the banjo player on all of the original Hot Five, and Hot … Continue reading Johnny St. Cyr