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Photo above of Bobby Hackett and Eddie Condon
Fortunately he met Eddie Condon in New York.
Hackett soon became a crucial member in Condon’s band and made numerous recordings in his studio bands.
In late 1942, Bobby took a studio job with NBC and became active in organizing the Condon Town Hall Concerts.
Their performance was broadcasted and recorded by Milt Gabler (Commodore Records).
He also continued to play at Condon’s and other clubs in the New York area.
After a year at NBC, he joined Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra where he remained until 1946.
Then he participated in numerous recording sessions with such as Jack Teagarden, Teddy Wilson, Eddie Condon, Vic Dickenson, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie.
As a remarkable achievement of this period,he played and directed for Louis Armstrong’s Town Hall Concert in May 1947.
During 1949-51 he played with Red Allen and Lee Wiley in New Jersey.
Bobby Hackett and Joe Bushkin joined Lee Wiley’s famous recording “Night in Manhattan” in Columbia label.
Here is Bobby Hackett and his Boys play “At The Jazz and Ball”(1938).
Here is Eddie Condon and his All Stars play “The Lady/China Boy” at the Town Hall(1944).
Eddie Condon(g), Bobby Hackett(cor), Pee Wee Russell(cl)Ernie Caceres(bs), Bennie Morton(tb), Gene Schroeder (p), Sid Weiss(b),Gene Krupa(ds)
Here is Bobby Hackett plays his theme song “Embraceable You”. (1938)
Bobby Hackett (cor), Pee Wee Russell (cl), Bud Freeman (ts), Jack Teagarden (tb), Eddie Condon (g), Jess Stacy (p), Artie Shapiro (b), George Wettling (d)
Here is Lee Wiley sings “Street Of Dreams”.