TWO BY EDDIE: RAY SKJELBRED, DAWN LAMBETH, MARC CAPARONE, CLINT BAKER, KATIE CAVERA, JEFF HAMILTON at the SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST (Nov. 25, 2016)

Eddie Condon (pictured above in 1946) has a well-deserved reputation as a superb leader, a musical catalyst, a guitarist — but not as a composer of popular songs. He wrote only a few, but their melodies are memorable.

By way of illustration, a 1944 record label:

Although we associate Eddie more with the hard-charging small-band jazz he loved so well (think of Wild Bill, Pee Wee Russell, Lou McGarity, Gene Schroeder, Bob Casey, Cliff Leeman playing RIVERBOAT SHUFFLE) it’s clear he had a deeply romantic spirit, and WHEREVER THERE’S LOVE — not only De Vries’ lyrics — exemplifies this.

Ray Skjelbred, Marc Caparone, Dawn Lambeth, Clint Baker, Katie Cavera, and Jeff Hamilton admire Eddie and his musicians, thus they happily gave shape to Marc’s tribute to Eddie as composer, which happened at the San Diego Jazz Fest last November 25, 2016.

Here is Dawn’s tender version of WHEREVER THERE’S LOVE:

and Eddie’s LIZA — written with George Rubens, not Gershwin — first performed on the 1927 McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans date:

For me, the test of a song is that it lodges in my ear and memory.  Those two Condon compositions do, helped immeasurably by the passion and swing of these musicians.

May your happiness increase!

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4 responses to “TWO BY EDDIE: RAY SKJELBRED, DAWN LAMBETH, MARC CAPARONE, CLINT BAKER, KATIE CAVERA, JEFF HAMILTON at the SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST (Nov. 25, 2016)

  1. Sordoni III, Andrew

    Michael, This post reminds me that John DeVries, the lyricist (with Condon and Bushkin, notably) is generally unknown in 2017. He designed many of our Chiaroscuro covers and was a contributor to American Popular Culture with imagination and good taste. Regards, Andrew

    Andrew J. Sordoni, III 45 Owen Street Forty Fort, PA 18704 (570) 283-6202

  2. Yes: he did that lurid hilarious cover for the Bud Freeman-Jess Stacy-Cliff Leeman THE JOY OF SAX.

  3. Gary Turetsky

    The happiness increases. Really nice performance of Wherever There’s Love, a song I have always mistakenly assumed was performed only once by Lee Wiley on the record. There’s a nice recording of the song Liza by Condon with a group including Max Kaminsky and Cutty Cutshall from a late 50’s Warner Bros. album which I lost years ago so it was nice to hear this new performance. The picture of the Lee Wiley record label brought back fond memories of a road trip when I was 18 from Philly to Stanhope, NJ where Walter Allen (of the famous Poop Sheet) was having a jazz record garage sale and I bought that record for probably 75 cents. Still got it 47 years later. Thanks Michael.

  4. Thank you, Gary! Something else might appear . . .

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