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Ronald Chisom Interview, Part 2
Cramer, Cheryl Q.W.
Topics Include: Trombone Shorty, exploitation of musicians, importance of music, and gentrification
In the second portion of his interview, Chisom discusses that people worked in shifts at the music clubs. There was the 4pm shift, the 7pm shift, and the late shift. There wasn't a competitive nature to working these clubs. International visitors came to watch and were left in awe. They also looked forward to getting the chance to see a second-line band. Chisom says that it is important to stay in touch with people and musicians all year round, not just when you need them for something. He also mentions the gentrification in Tremé, and how some white neighbors have moved in and complained about the noise from the music in their neighborhood, but others have been supportive. One complication attributed to whites coming in is the exploitation of the musicians. Trombone Shorty is one club, for example, that made a rule that you could not take any pictures unless you received permission from the musicians. Chisom points out the irony because the walls of Trombone Shorty are apparently covered in photos. Chisom suggests that James Andrews would be a good person for these interviews because he was a member of the Trombone Shorty club, and Denny Jones would be another good person to interview. He finishes by saying that he thinks this is a very important research project and is glad it is being done because researchers can use it around the country and teach the importance of music.
Amistad Research Center
Box 1, Item 3, Side 2, Treme Oral History Project collection, 1993-1994, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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