A leading figure in the "Chicago School" of early Dixieland jazz, Eddie Condon was a popular jazz banjoist, guitarist and bandleader. Active on the jazz scene since the 1920s, he also ran his own jazz club in New York from 1945 through 1967 and recorded many now-classic jazz albums with other greats of his era.
In 1944, Eddie Condon's Jazz Concert was born. These were broadcasts from New York's Town Hall series of jazz recitals by Condon and many other jazz giants of the era, playing ensemble in a loose, free wheeling session format. Broadcasts began with immediate immersion into a jazz cut; afterward Condon described the piece and named his fellow players and their instruments. This free flowing, laid back style helped make the show a hit, especially to servicemen abroad, and helped rocket jazz into the musical mainstream. Eddie Condon's Jazz Concert is a musical time capsule, and many old time legends can be heard on the program: Gene Krupa, Tommy Dorsey, Pee Wee Russell and Bobby Hackett are just some of the illustrious musicians who lent their talent and passion to the show.
Eddie Condon's Jazz Concert is a must for music and old time radio buffs alike.
For more jazz broadcasts, see also: Charlie and His Orchestra (Nazi Propganda), Date with the Duke, Eddie Condon Jazz Concert, Esquire Jazz Concert, Jubilee, Music Depreciation, Navy Swings, Live from Birdland, and New Orleans Jazz Band.