Thursday, 16 November 2017

Eddie Condon born 16 November 1905

Albert Edwin Condon (November 16, 1905 – August 4, 1973) was an American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and bandleader. A leading figure in Chicago jazz, he also played piano and sang.
Condon was born in Goodland, Indiana, the son of John and Margaret (née McGraw) Condon. He grew up in Momence, Illinois, and Chicago Heights, Illinois, where he attended St. Agnes and Bloom High School. After playing ukulele, he switched to banjo and was a professional musician by 1921. When he was 15 years old, he received his first union card in Waterloo, Iowa.
He was based in Chicago for most of the 1920s, and played with such jazz notables as Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden, and Frank Teschemacher. He and Red McKenzie formed the Chicago Rhythm Kings in 1925.
In 1928, Condon moved to New York City. He frequently arranged jazz sessions for various record labels, sometimes playing with the artists he brought to the recording studios, including Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller. He organised racially integrated recording sessions—when these were still rare—with Waller, Armstrong and Henry 'Red' Allen. He played with the band of Red Nichols for a time. Later, from 1938 he had a long association with Milt Gabler's Commodore Records.
A handful of records were issued under his own name: a July 28, 1928 two-song session was recorded for OKeh, but only issued in England. On October 30, 1928, an OKeh was issued as "Eddie Condon and his Footwarmers", featuring Jack Teagarden. A further session on February 8, 1929 yielded a record issued under the name "Eddie Hot Shots" and issued on Victor's hot dance series. In 1933, a further two sessions were recorded for Brunswick consisting of 6 recordings, only 2 of which were released in the US. From 1938 on, Condon recorded for Commodore and one session for Decca.
From the late 1930s on he was a regular at the Manhattan jazz club Nick's. The sophisticated variation on Dixieland music which Condon and his colleagues created there came to be nicknamed "Nicksieland." By this time, his regular circle of musical associates included Wild Bill Davison, Bobby Hackett, George Brunies, Edmond Hall, and Pee Wee Russell. In 1939, he appeared with "Bobby Hacket and Band" in the Warner Brothers & Vitaphone film musical short-subject, On the Air. Condon married fashion copywriter Phyllis Smith in 1942. They had two daughters.
Condon did a series of jazz radio broadcasts, Eddie Condon's Jazz Concerts, from New York's Town Hall during 1944–45 which were nationally popular. These recordings survive, and have been issued on the Jazzology label.
From 1945 through 1967 he ran his own New York jazz club, Eddie Condon's, first located on West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village, then 52nd Street near Sixth Avenue, on the present site of the CBS headquarters building; then later, on the south side of East 56th Street, east of Second Avenue. In the 1950s Condon recorded a sequence of classic albums for Columbia Records.
Condon toured Britain in 1957 with a band including Wild Bill Davison, Cutty Cutshall, Gene Schroeder and George Wettling. His last tour was in 1964, when he took a band to Australia and Japan. Condon's men, on that tour, were top mainstream jazz musicians: Buck Clayton (trumpet), Pee Wee Russell (clarinet), Vic Dickenson (trombone), Bud Freeman (tenor sax), Dick Cary (piano and alto horn), Jack Lesberg (bass), Cliff Leeman (drums), Jimmy Rushing (vocals). Billy Banks, a vocalist who had recorded with Condon and Pee Wee Russell in 1932, and had lived in obscurity in Japan for many years, turned up at one of the 1964 concerts: Pee Wee asked him "have you got any more gigs?".
In 1948, Condon's autobiography We Called It Music was published. Eddie Condon's Treasury of Jazz (1956) was a collection of articles co-edited by Condon and Richard Gehman.
From 1964 on, illness prevented him from travelling much, though he embarked on occasional tours and appeared from time to time in clubs and at festivals. In his last public appearance July 5, 1972, he played at Carnegie Hall during the Newport Jazz Festival in New York City. He was hospitalized two days later.

On August 4, 1973, Condon died of a bone disease at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, New York. He was 68. (Compiled from various sources mainly Wikipedia) 

The classic Condon band really wails on this 1952 broadcast with Edmond Hall, Wild Bill Davidson, Cliff Leeman, Cutty Cutshall, Gene Schroeder and Bob Casey.


boppinbob said...

For “Eddie Condon 1927 – 1943” go here:

1 –Eddie Condon And His Windy City Seven - Carnegie Jump
2 –Eddie Condon And His Windy City Seven - Carnegie Drag
3 –Eddie Condon And His Windy City Seven - Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland
4 –Jackson Teagarden And His Trombone - Diane
5 –Eddie Condon And His Band - (You're Some) Pretty Doll
6 –Eddie Condon And His Band - Dancing Fool
7 –Jackson Teagarden And His Trombone - Serenade To A Shylock
8 –Eddie Condon And His Windy City Seven - Beat To The Socks
9 –Eddie Condon And His Band - Squeeze Me
10 –Eddie Condon And His Band - That's A Plenty
11 –Eddie Condon And His Orchestra - Home Cooking
12 –Eddie Condon And His Orchestra - Madame Dynamite
13 –Eddie Condon And His Orchestra - Tennessee Twilight
14 –Eddie's Hot Shots - I'm Gonna Stomp, Mr. Henry Lee
15 –Eddie's Hot Shots - That's A Serious Thing
16 –Eddie Condon And His Footwarmers - I'm Sorry I Made You Cry
17 –Eddie Condon And His Footwarmers - Makin' Friends
18 –Eddie Condon Quartet - Indiana
19 –Eddie Condon Quartet - Oh! Baby (Rain Or Shine)
20 –McKenzie & Condon's Chicagoans - Nobody's Sweetheart
21 –McKenzie & Condon's Chicagoans - China Boy
22 –McKenzie & Condon's Chicagoans - Sugar
23 –McKenzie & Condon's Chicagoans - Liza

Tracks 21 & 22 recorded Chicago, December 8, 1927
Tracks 20 & 23 recorded Chicago, December 16, 1927
Tracks 18 & 19 recorded New York, July 28, 1928
Tracks 16 & 17 recorded New York, October 30, 1928
Tracks 14 & 15 recorded New York, February 8, 1929
Tracks 12 & 13 recorded New York, October 21, 1933
Track 11 recorded New York, November 17, 1933
Tracks 1, 2 & 8 recorded New York, January 17, 1938
Tracks 3, 4 & 7 recorded New York, April 30, 1938
Tracks 5 & 6 recorded New York, November 11, 1940
Tracks 9 & 10 recorded New York, November 20, 1943

A big thank you to Entre Musica Blog for original link.

mel said...

Condon toured Britain in 1957 with a band including Wild Bill Davison, Cutty Cutshall, Gene Schroeder and George Wettling. Soon after arriving in the country, they felt like going into an eatery, found one, and into it they trooped. Having been seated, Condon took a look at the menu, and was astounded to see something that he had never seen in the States. So he summoned the waiter, and asked, “Does everything you serve here come with chips?”

“Yes, that’s right,” replied the waiter.

“Well,” said Condon, “bring me a whisky and chips, then.”

boppinbob said...

Thanks for the info Mel.