[Dixielandjazz] Condon show?

Steve slholzer at iquest.net
Thu Aug 6 16:56:55 PDT 2009

Bill Haesler wrote:
> Dear Mart,
> On 28 March 1964 the Eddie Condon Band was in Japan, or on a plane 
> home from there.
> It had just been to Australia. (I know we spent a weekend with them at 
> the time.)
> Buck Clayton (t) Vic Dickenson (tb) Pee Wee Russell (cl) Bud Freeman 
> (ts) Dick Cary (p,alto-hrn) Eddie Condon (g) Jack Lesberg (b) Cliff 
> Leeman (d) Jimmy Rushing (vcl)
> I have on file details of a concert performance in Osaka on 27 March 
> 1964. Eleven titles were released on a blank label LP. I have details 
> and track order.
> Wikipedia provides the following information: "The 1964 Indianapolis 
> 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 30, 
> 1964. It was won by A.J. Foyt, but is best known for a fiery 
> second-lap accident that resulted in the deaths of Eddie Sachs and 
> Dave MacDonald, involving a total of seven cars."
> The Indy races in 1963 and 1965 were also held at the end of May.
> If you could somehow obtain the tune titles, or name a musician or two 
> on the disc, it may help identification.
> In the meantime, I'll do some more digging.
> Kind regards,
> Bill.
I have sent Martin the personnel and tune list offlist. I meant to send 
it to list, but apparently hit the "reply" instead of reply all icon. 
For those who would like to see my comments, here they are:

> The recording is listed in Harold Jones "Bobby Hackett: A 
> Bio-Discography" on p.159. Personnel are Bobby Hackett-c, Lou 
> McGarity-tb, Peanuts Hucko-cl, Johnny Varro-p. Eddie Condon-g, Jack 
> Lesberg-b, Buzzy Drootin-dr. Titles are St. Louis Blues, Squeeze Me, 
> Struttin' With Some Barbecue, Sweet Georgia Brown, If I Could be with 
> You..., In A Mellow Tone, Rosetta. Jones lists the session under 
> Hackett's name. I am a Hackett completist but have never encountered a 
> copy of this disc. Apparently neither has Jones, as he overlooks the 
> RG280 number on the reverse, listing it instead as RG279A/B.
> It is a private recording, as you might have readily guessed, but I 
> have no clue as to who recorded it, or where the show was. That's not 
> to say there are no suspects. The fact is there are way too many 
> suspects. I was only 11 at the time it was recorded. Some of the elder 
> statesmen of the Indianapolis Jazz Club might have a better idea. Some 
> of them might have been there, although I can say with a fair degree 
> of certainty that the event was never mentioned in the Jazz Cub's 
> newsletter, of which I have a complete file. I think the odds are 
> against the event being a public affair. Bobby and the band were 
> probably flown in for a private party. Bobby had some personal 
> contacts here in those days. His Henry Hudson Hotel band played a gig 
> with the Indianapolis Symphony a few years prior to this, an unusual 
> booking for that band, and for the Symphony for that matter,  to say 
> the least. He also played a gig or two with his low-key quartet in the 
> years immediately following at the Embers in Indianapolis, a club 
> which usually booked flashier floorshow type acts.
> I will be happy to check the local resources for any mention of the 
> event in the daily newpapers and I willalso circulate a copy of your 
> e-mail to a few people who might be able to shed more light on it. In 
> the meantime, I would suhggest that Jones must have had a source and 
> he must know it was. You might be able to reach him by writing to the 
> publisher, Greenwood Press, in Westport CT. Possibly the 
> discographical series editor, Michael Gray would be the man to 
> address. You might conceivably get Jones' address from the copyright 
> files at the Library of Congress. His book was published in 1999.
> Steve Holzer

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