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Encyclopedia > Eddie Condon

Albert Edwin Condon, better known as Eddie Condon, (16 November 19054 August 1973) was a jazz banjoist, guitarist, and bandleader. A leading figure in the so-called Chicago school of early jazz, he also played piano and sang on occasion. November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... August 4 is the 216th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (217th in leap years), with 149 days remaining. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... A four-string banjo For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) The banjo is a stringed instrument of African American origin adapted from several African instruments. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... There are several Chicago schools, a name derived from programs and departments at the University of Chicago and not the city of Chicago itself. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ...


Condon was born in Goodland, Indiana. After some time playing ukulele, he switched to banjo and was a professional musician by 1921. He was based in Chicago for most of the 1920s, and played with such jazz notables as Bix Beiderbecke and Frank Teschemacher. Goodland is a town located in Newton County, Indiana. ... Ukulele The ukulele (Hawaiian: , IPA pronunciation: ; Anglicised pronunciation usually IPA: ), sometimes spelled ukelele (particularly in the UK) or uke, is a chordophone classified as a plucked lute; it is a subset of the guitar family of instruments, generally with four strings or four courses of strings. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music Musicians can be classified by their role in creating or performing music: A singer (or vocalist) uses his or her voice as an instrument. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for full calendar). ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... The 1920s is a decade that is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... Bix Beiderbecke (March 10, 1903 – August 6, 1931) was a notable jazz cornet player. ...


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 racialy integrated recording sesions when such were still rare with Fats Waller, Louis 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. Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... New York, NY redirects here. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A recording studio is a facility for sound recording. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Ernest Loring Red Nichols (May 8, 1905–June 28, 1965) was a United States jazz cornettist. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Milt Gabler (20 May 1911 - 20 July 2001) was a noted American record producer. ... Commodore Records is a United States based record label known for issuing many well regarded recordings of jazz and swing music. ...


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, Edmond Hall and Pee Wee Russell. The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... Manhattan is a borough of New York City, USA, coterminous with New York County. ... Dixieland music is a style of jazz. ... Wild Bill Davison (1906-1989) was a fiery jazz cornet player who emerged in the 1920s, but did not achieve recognition until the 1940s. ... Robert Leo (Bobby) Hackett (January 31, 1915 _ June 7, 1976) was an accomplished jazz musician. ... Edmond Hall (b. ... Charles Ellsworth Russell, much better known by his nickname Pee Wee Russell, (27 March 1906 - 15 February 1969) was a jazz musician. ...


Condon also did a series of jazz radio broadcasts from New York's Town Hall during 1944-45 which were nationally popular. These recordings survive, and have been issued on the Jazzology label. NY redirects here. ... Jazzology Records is a United States based record label specializing in traditional jazz. ...


From 1945 through 1967 he ran his own New York jazz club, Eddie Condon's. In the 1950s Condon recorded a sequence of classic albums for Columbia Records. The musicians involved in these albums - and at Condon's club - included Wild Bill Davison (cornet), Billy Butterfield (trumpet), Edmond Hall, Peanuts Hucko, Pee Wee Russell (clarinet), Cutty Cutshall, Lou McGarity (trombone), Bud Freeman (tenor sax), Gene Schroeder, Dick Carey, Ralph Sutton (piano), Bob Casey, Walter Page, Jack Lesberg, Al Hall (bass), George Wettling, Buzzy Drootin, Cliff Leeman (drums). 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Lou McGarity (b. ... Lawrence Bud Freeman (April 13, 1906 - March 15, 1991) was a Chicago born Jazz musician, known mainly for playing the tenor saxophone, but also able at the clarinet. ...


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 a roll-call of top mainstream jazz musicians: Buck Clayton (trumpet), Pee Wee Russell (clarinet), Vic Dickenson (trombone), Bud Freeman (tenor sax), Dick Carey (piano and alto horn), Jack Lesberg (bass), Cliff Leeman (drums), Jimmy Rushing (vocals). A nice touch was that 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 his autobiography We Called It Music was published. The book has many interesting and entertaining anecdotes about musicians Condon worked with. Eddie Condon's Treasury of Jazz (1956) was a collection of articles by various writers co-edited by Condon and Richard Gehman. 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A latter-day collaborator, clarinetist Kenny Davern, described a Condon gig: "It was always a thrill to get a call from Eddie and with a gig involved even more so. I remember eating beforehand with Bernie (Previn; trumpet) and Lou (McGarity; trombone) and everyone being in good spirits. There was a buzz on, we'd all had a taste and there was a great feel to the music" (from the notes to 'Kenny Davern: A Night With Eddie Condon', Arbors Jazz CDARCD 19238). John Kenneth Davern (born January 7, 1935), better known as Kenny Davern is one of the premier jazz clarinetists of his generation. ...


Eddie Condon toured and appeared at jazz festivals through to 1971. He died in New York City. His grandson, Zach Condon, leads the band Beirut. Condon uses digitally refined samples from his grandfather's recordings on Beirut's recordings. Beirut is the name of 20-year-old Santa Fe native Zach Condons one man band. ... Beirut is the name of 21-year-old Santa Fe native Zach Condons band. ...


External links

  • Eddie Condon complete discography
  • http://www.redhotjazz.com/condon.html
  • We Called It Music by Eddie Condon (London: Peter Davis, 1948)

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Eddie Condon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (324 words)
Albert Edwin Condon, better known as Eddie Condon, (16 November 1904–4 August 1973) was a jazz banjoist, guitarist, and bandleader.
Condon also did a series of jazz radio broadcasts from New York's Town Hall during 1944-45 which were nationally popular.
Eddie Condon's Treasury of Jazz (1956) was a collection of articles by various writers co-edited by Condon and Richard Gehman.
Eddie Condon 1928 – 1931 (5205 words)
Condon and others have written vividly about their early days in a New York, which seemed to be busy for everyone but them.
Condon and others have offered romanticised accounts of where and how they first heard him (most refer to a hotel room, where he just played the blues, a cappella), but all agree on one point: he was like nobody they'd ever heard.
Condon, asked about it years later, claimed not to have even remembered the session, held on the day the popular Amos 'n Andy program went on the air for the first time.
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