I come from the past century — where smoking was accepted in restaurants and jazz clubs. And I remember coming home from the latter with my clothing redolent of tobacco . . . so I don’t miss it.
But I would gladly take my clothes to the laundry room immediately for a chance to be in either of these places: the first, a vanished New York City; the second, a more recent San Francisco.
I have to look the next time I am in the area — to see which bank or pharmacy has replaced Jack Dempsey’s.
The most pleasing part of that second matchbook is that I know people who have played at McGoon’s.
And here’s the theme song of such smoky pleasures . . . more or less:
This is the record label — I think Buster’s only recorded vocal:
“Let’s all get mellow,” as the song says.
May your happiness increase!
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I don’t smoke, but this sacred artifact (from eBay) tempts me:
And the reverse:
Now, the word “D****LAND” irked Mister Condon, so I hope he didn’t see too many of those matchbooks on East Fifty-Sixth Street.
I wanted to know what occupies that address now, and found this — a perfectly serene Sutton Place apartment building. I would trade it all for one set with a group selected from Yank Lawson, Buck Clayton, Johnny Windhurst, Bobby Hackett, Cutty Cutshall, Peanuts Hucko, Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna, Bob Haggart, Morey Feld — some of the heroes who played at this club.
“We’ll always have RINGSIDE AT CONDON’S,” as Bogie tells Ingrid in CASABLANCA.
May your happiness increase!
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By the time this post appears, the eBay auction will be over — but this is the first collection of jazz-related matchbooks and swizzle sticks I’ve ever seen, so I thought it was worth notice. Someone went there; someone saved these things; someone had a wonderful time, I am sure.
Eddie Condon’s, the midtown version, New York City, the early Sixties — endearing jazz archaeology.
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Tagged Ebay, Eddie Condon's, jazz blog, jazz club, Jazz Lives, matchbook, Michael Steinman, New York City, swizzle stick