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Albert Edwin (Eddie) Condon (Goodland, Indiana16 november 1905 – New York CityAugust 4, 1973) was an American jazz banjoist,guitarist and band leader-. He was one of the leading figures of the rise of the dixieland. He also played piano and sang occasionally.

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After a time having played ukulele , stepped over to the banjo and Condon was a professional musicianaround 1921 . He settled in Chicagoin the 1920s , where he mainly stayed and was used in combination with other jazz musicians such as Bix Beiderbecke and Frank Teschemacher.

In 1928 Condon moved to New York City. He played regular jam sessions for different record labels including Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller. His recording sessions in the studio at the time were unusual, he played together with Waller, Armstrong and Henry Red Allen and played a time with the band of Red Nichols. In the late 1930s he played regularly in the jazz club Nick's, located in Manhattan. In 1938, he signed a contract with record label, Commodore Records. Condon also appeared between 1944 and 1945 during radio broadcasts of the New York's Town Hall. Condon ran from 1945 to 1967 his own jazz club. In the 1950s he took plates on under Columbia Records.Condon toured In 1957 by Great Britain, along with Wild Bill Davison, Cutty cutshall, Gene Schroeder and George Wettling. His last tour was in 1964, in Australia andJapan.

In 1948 his autobiography We Called It Music issued and Eddie Condon's Treasury of Jazz in 1956.

Eddie Condon died at the age of 67.

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