Town Hall Concerts, Vol. 1

Town Hall Concerts, Vol. 1

by Eddie Condon


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Eddie Condon's Town Hall Concerts were historic in several ways. These weekly half-hour radio shows were very uncommercial (in fact they could not attract a sponsor), featured interracial bands and gave Condon an opportunity to put together well-paced programs. He would gather together a core band of Condonites who would have ensemble jams and individual features, and there were always a couple of numbers set aside for guest artists who would also join in on the show's concluding jam (titled "Impromptu Ensemble") with the regulars. Plus Condon, despite making a few too many jokes at the expense of Pee Wee Russell, proved to be a perfect host. After decades of only being available as incomplete excerpts, these programs have finally been issued complete and in chronological order on a series of two-CD sets by George Buck of Jazzology. The first volume, which has four complete shows, features such classic players as trumpeters Billy Butterfield, Bobby Hackett, Max Kaminsky, Hot Lips Page and Rex Stewart, clarinetists Pee Wee Russell and Edmond Hall, trombonists Bill Harris, Miff Mole and Benny Morton, the greatly underrated baritonist Ernie Caceres, and pianists James P. Johnson and Gene Schroeder. Although the recording quality of the very first show is subpar (the only one in the series that is less than flawless technically), all of the volumes in this wonderful series (which find the participants at the peak of their powers) are highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/1994
Label: Jazzology
UPC: 0762247100027
catalogNumber: 1001
Rank: 137314

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Condon   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Conductor,Master of Ceremonies
Bobby Hackett   Cornet,Vocals
Bill Harris   Valve Trombone
James P. Johnson   Piano
Max Kaminsky   Track Performer
John Kirby   Bass
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet,Vocals
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Edmond Hall   Track Performer
Miff Mole   Trombone,Track Performer
Benny Morton   Trombone
Sonny Greer   Drums
Ernie Caceres   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Bob Casey   Bass,Rhythm Section
Clyde Hart   Piano
Liza Morrow   Vocals
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet,Vocals
Gene Schroeder   Track Performer
Joe Grauso   Drums,Rhythm Section
Fred Robbins   Announcer
Rhythm Section   Track Performer
Schroeder   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer,Rhythm Section

Technical Credits

Jolson   Composer
Max Kaminsky   Composer
Kid Ory   Composer
Dick Cary   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Jack Bland   Director
Ernie Caceres   Composer
Will Marion Cook   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Donald Heywood   Composer
John O'Hara   Contributor
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Jess Stacy   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
George H. Buck   Producer,Liner Notes
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Dick Charles   Engineer
John DeVries   Cover Art
George Frazier   Contributor
Ernie Anderson   Producer,Liner Notes
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Dave Dreyer   Composer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
James Henry Burris   Composer
Chris Smith   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer

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