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1989 Black & White Zydeco by Ann Savoy: Robert Jardell, CJ Chenier, Harry Hippilite, Shirley Bergereon
Sat Apr 29 1989
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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive
00:01 Introduction of Cajun and Creole accordion side by side; how Cajun and Creole music are similar and different; Zydeco bands draw on Cajun tunes, closer to town Zydeco music draws more on rhythm and blues; 01:45 Cajuns were influenced by Creole Caribbean culture as well seen through Gumbo (an African word meaning Okra); Cajun music influenced by African culture song example: Pine Grove Blues 02:48 Anne Savoie’s book gathers photos and songs “Cajun Music: A reflection of a People” from early 20th century; representing what has happened with Cajun music in LA in the last 20th century in music and oral history 03:55 Introduction to audience of Anne Savoir; Robert Jardell; CJ Chenier on accordion; Harry Hypolite; Shirley Bergeron; Troy Carriere 05:29 Anecdote: 19th century French influence in Louisiana outnumbered Cajuns, Creoles, etc.; Cajun men would marry outsiders and the children would be brought up speaking French; Cajun women would marry northern Louisiana men with American influence 07:11 Anne Savoir begins to explain that she has selected traditionally trained Cajun and Zydeco musicians to play to differentiate the genres of music live; Zydeco is the music of the French-speaking Black people of Louisiana; CJ Chenier is a Zydeco accordion player 08:40 Anne introduces Robert Jardell is a Cajun singer 09:10 Demonstration; “Zydeco est pas Soleil” CJ Chenier performs song originally recorded by his father 11:30 CJ plays without a bass and guitar on the Zydeco songs, the traditional Zydeco way of playing: accordion and percussion only 12:30 Most of the Zydeco bands have a triangle 13:10 Robert learned his version of “Zydeco est pas Soleil” from Aldous Roger 14:04 Demonstration: Cajun version of “Zydeco est pas Soleil” 16:23 Demonstration: RUB BOARD 16:43 Right hand follows the bass drum, left hand follows the snare drum; rub boards are only in zydeco music traditionally 18:30 Demonstration: “Allons a Lafayette” Cajun style 20:35 Demonstration: “Allons a Grand Coteau” Zydeco style 23:49 Dewey Balfa asks a question revealing: In old days blacks and whites had the same kind of diatonic accordion (before piano key accordions), cajuns had a triangle as well, and zydeco bands had a rub board with their accordion 26:05 Christina Balfa goes up to play accordion; Anne describes the strengths of different accordions 27:49 Demonstration; “Lafayette Waltz” Cajun Band 30:10 Demonstration; Zydeco Band 32:27 Demonstration: Tina Balfa plays triangle 32:58 Demonstration: “Paper in My Shoe” Robert Jardell Cajun version 35:40 Demonstration: “Paper in My Shoe” Zydeco version 38:00 Demonstration: “Jolie Catin” Cajun Version 41:13 Demonstration: “Calenda” Zydeco style favored by CJ’s father Clifton Chenier 44:10 Demonstration: “Jolie Blonde” Cajun Style 46:57 Shirley playing bar chords earlier, switched to open chords 47:37 Demonstration: “Jolie Blonde” Zydeco Style 49:52 Balfa in audience Dewey makes comments about the difference between Zydeco and Cajun music; triangle demonstrations between the differences in two-steps 53:12 Demonstration: “Le Waltz des criminales” Waltz of the criminals Cajun band 56:30 Demonstration: “Allons Danser Zydeco” Zydeco band 01:00:30 Concluding remarks and thanks
Black & White Zydeco C.J. Chenier, Robert Jardell, Ann Savoy. Nick Spitzer interviewer.
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