[Dixielandjazz] Re: Eddie Condon (was The Visceral Side of Jazz......)

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sat Mar 22 09:37:23 PST 2003

Dear Bill:

I'm not sure to what he is referring either. I just cut and pasted what he wrote.
He says he was a policeman at the time in question and I would think he would have
to have been at least 21. Since he is now 61, that would place the year no sooner
than 1963.

Perhaps he is a bit mixed up. He is ill and taking pain killers now which may be
affecting his memory. At this point, I do not want to ask him, but it sounds to me
like he referring to the Carnegie 1964 concert.

I do believe that Condon was not the owner of "Condons" but fronting for a mob
figure. Sort of lore during those year which everybody believed. But I moved to
California in 1963 and lost touch with the NY Jazz scene from that point until 1970
when I moved back East.

Steve Barbone


Bill Haesler wrote:

> Dear Steve,
> Regarding the great 'New York City Trad Jazz vignette' from your "new (unnamed)
> friend".
> He mentions : >When the "Mob" broke Condon's arm I was at the fund raiser at
> Town Hall.<
> When was this? Sometime in the 1950s, going by your friend's age.
> What are the details of this Condon story?
> Although my old brain is (was?) full of Condon stuff, I don't recall this story
> at all.
> The only Condon benefit concert I recall was one at midnight at Carnegie Hall in
> July 1964 (shortly after his Australian tour) when they featured the Woody
> Herman Herd and Bob Crosby's big band, much to Eddie's initial disgust. But that
> was to help with medical bills for his prostate operations.
> Kind regards,
> Bill.

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