Condon, Eddie [Albert Edwin]
- William Kenney
(b Goodland, IN, Nov 16, 1905; d New York, Aug 4, 1973). American jazz banjoist and guitarist and impresario. He first played the ukulele, then the tenor banjo, plectrum banjo, tenor lute and four-string guitar. He worked with the Austin High School Gang in Chicago, and promoted and organized many important sessions, beginning with the McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans in 1927 and culminating in a series of albums for Columbia (1953–7), notably Jam Session Coast to Coast (1953). After making a reputation as a hard-hitting rhythm banjoist and guitarist Condon went on to specialize in organizing jam sessions which matched the early jazz repertory with the most accomplished instrumentalists on the New York scene. He also organized a series of jazz concerts at Town Hall and Carnegie Hall (1942–6) and presented one of the earliest jazz programmes on television (1942). He broadcast four jazz concert shows in ...