Currently in New York, Obie-winning singer and actor Vernel Bagneris recently sold his apartment in order to move to New Orleans, where he was born. He tells us what he's heard from friends and family, and what he expects for the future. The Library of Congress has described Bagneris as "a master of the American vernacular." He wrote, directed and starred in the hit shows One Mo' Time, Further Mo', Staggerlee and Jelly Roll!
The critically acclaimed show Jelly Roll featured music from jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton, with a script based on interviews with Morton from the 1930s. In this interview, which originally aired Nov. 12, 1992, writer, producer and star Vernel Bagneris and pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen perform from the show.
Singer Vernel Bagneris wrote, directed and starred in the 1979 hit show, One Mo' Time. It's being revived and opens on Broadway this week at the Longacre Theater. The setting is a hot, sultry night at New Orleans' Lyric Theatre in the 1920s. Bagneris performs Charlestons, rags, cakewalks, and other songs of the Vaudeville age, including "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight," "Down in Honky Tonk Town" and "Everybody Loves My Baby." This interview first aired June 21, 2000.