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Interview with Chester Zardis, undated

Higher Level Record: MSS 530.5
Call Number: MSS 530.5.23
Title: Interview with Chester Zardis, undated
Creator: Zardis, Chester, 1900-1990 (interviewee)
Russell, William, 1905-1992 (interviewer)
Date of Creation: undated; possibly between 1950 and 1965
Extent: 1 audio cassette (44 min.) : analog, on original audio cassette 701 of 704
on sound tape reel 815 of 818 (44 min.)
on of side 490A-490B of 493 audio cassette (44 min.)
on tape 384 of 396 digital audio tape (44 min.)
1 WAV file (44 min.) : digital
Object Name: sound recordings
oral histories (document genres)
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Language: English
Biography/History: Chester Zardis (1900-1990) was a jazz bassist in New Orleans.
Born Russell William Wagner, Bill Russell (1905-1992) was an American music historian, collector, musician, and modernist composer. He was an authority on early New Orleans-style jazz, and the founder of American Music Records.
Scope and Content: This sound recording includes an interview with Chester Zardis conducted by Bill Russell on an undetermined date. Ralph Collins is also present during the interview. Zardis recalls his time spent working with Buddy Petit. He discusses the musical style and personality of Billy Marrero, from whom he took music lessons. He recalls his time spent working in the band at the Palace Theatre during the vaudeville era. He recalls musical performances at Milneburg picnics. He discusses his childhood and conflicts that led to him being placed in the Jones Home. He recalls working at Tom Anderson's in the Storyville district of New Orleans. He details his time spent working a day job at the Saint Bernard Market. He recalls a number of the musicians he worked with including Johnny St. Cyr, Kid Rena, Chris Kelly, and Dave Perkins. He recalls working on excursion boats, and an incident in which the boat he was preforming on, the Susquehanna caught fire.
Notes: Interview with Chester Zardis, undated, William Russell Oral History Collection Series, MSS530, William Russell Jazz Collection, The Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Restrictions: Open. Records are available for research.
Requesting: Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number.
Collection Theme(s): Jazz
Subjects: Zardis, Chester, 1900-1990 -- More information
Petit, Buddy, ca. 1890-1931 -- More information
Marrero, Billy, ca. 1874-1919 -- More information
St. Cyr, Johnny, 1890-1966 -- More information
Kelly, Chris, ca. 1891-ca. 1927 -- More information
Rena, Kid, 1898-1949 -- More information
Perkins, Dave, ca. 1868-1926 -- More information
New Orleans (La.)
Milneburg (New Orleans, La.)
Storyville District (New Orleans, La.)
Jazz music -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Jazz musicians -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Accession Number: 92-48-L.291
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