[Dixielandjazz] Re: Eddie Condon

Bill Haesler bhaesler at nsw.bigpond.net.au
Wed Apr 2 20:07:34 PST 2003

Dear Jim,
I have that Bud Freeman album,"Chicago/Austin High School Jazz In Hi-Fi: Bud
Freeman", on German RCA/BMG CD together with the original notes by Richard
Gehman (some of which you quote).
Great memory to even recall them! 
The session dates were 7 March, 3 April and 8 July 1957 and Condon is not on any
of these Summa Cum Laude sides.
Odd indeed, given his association with the original band.
I then checked Robert Hilbert's 1993 book 'Pee Wee Russell. The Life of a
Nothing about a Condon injury, but he does mention (referring to late Jan 1957)
a Pee Wee gig at "Condon's Greenwich Village hangout" and the fact that "the
glib guitarist was absent having taken his regular house band on a tour of
Condon's next appearance on record was at a Bud Freeman-George Wettling session
on 22 April 1957.
At least we are narrowing it down.
Perhaps a look at the English Jazz Journals from this period may reveal
Mine are on permanent loan to a friend, as I have run out of storage space. I
will check with him tomorrow.
Kind regards,

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