He frequently arranged jazz sessions for various record labels, sometimes playing with the artists he brought to the recording studios, including Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller. He organised racialy integrated recording sesions when such were still rare with Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and Henry 'Red' Allen. He played with the band of Red Nichols for a time. Later, from 1938 he had a long association with Milt Gabler's Commodore Records. From the late 1930s on he was a regular at the Manhattan jazz club Nick's.
The sophisticated variation on Dixieland music which Condon and his colleagues created there came to be nicknamed "Nicksieland". By this time, his regular circle of musical associates included Wild Bill Davison, Bobby Hackett, Edmond Hall, and Pee Wee Russell. From 1945 to 1967 he ran his own New York jazz club, Eddie Condon's. In the 1950s Condon recorded a sequence of classic albums for Columbia Records. The musicians involved in these albums - and at Condon's club - included Wild Bill Davison (cornet), Billy Butterfield (trumpet), Edmond Hall, Peanuts Hucko, Pee Wee Russell (clarinet), Cutty Cutshall, Lou McGarity (trombone), Bud Freeman (tenor sax), Gene Schroeder, Dick Carey, Ralph Sutton (piano), Bob Casey, Walter Page, Jack Lesberg, Al Hall (bass), George Wettling, Buzzy Drootin, Cliff Leeman (drums). In 1948 his autobiography We Called It Music was published, and contains many interesting and entertaining anecdotes about musicians Condon worked with.
Eddie Condon's Treasury of Jazz (1956) was a collection of articles by various writers co-edited by Condon and Richard Gehman. Condon toured and appeared at jazz festivals through to 1971. He died in New York City on 4th August 1973. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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