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Eddie CondonEddie Condon (November 16, 1905 – August 4, 1973) was one of the gang of young white Chicago jazz musicians in the 1920s. He started out playing banjo with Hollis Peavey’s Jazz Bandits when he was 17. He worked with several members of the famed Austin High School Gang in the 1920s. In 1927 he co-led with Red McKenzie the McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans record that was popular among white Chicago jazz musicians.

After organizing some other record sessions, Condon switched to guitar and moved to New York in 1929, where he worked with Red Nichols’ Five Pennies and Red McKenzie’s Mound City Blue Blowers. He participated in several recording sessions including one with Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom 5 in 1929. In 1938 he led some sessions for the Commodore label and he became a star. He had a nightly gig at Nick’s in New York City from 1937 to 1944. From 1944 to 1945 he led a series of recordings at Town Hall that were broadcast weekly on the radio. Condon opened his own club in 1945, and recorded for Columbia in the 1950s.

Also see: Eddie Condon: Profiles in Jazz

band or session leader

McKenzie-Condon ChicagoansEddie Condon Quartet
Eddie Condon and his FootwarmersEddie’s Hot Shots
Eddie Condon and his OrchestraEddie Condon and his Windy City Seven
Eddie Condon and his BandEddie Condon and his Chicagoans

TitleDirector or CompanyYear
Is Everybody Happy?Archie Mayo1929
Nine O’Clock FolksVitaphone1930

The Eddie Condon Scrapbook Of Jazz, by Eddie Condon, St. Martin’s Press, 1973
We Called It Music: A Generation Of Jazz, by Eddie Condon, New York: H. Holt, 1947


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