Monday, June 1, 2015

Balaban & Cat!

These two items showed up recently.  First, many of us got an email from one of Red's best friends...Daniel D'Imperio.  This is a fascinating podcast, a deep dive into the inner world of Eddie Condon's.  Listen and enjoy.

The other item was forwarded by my cousin, David Balaban.  David produced this half hour cable news show documenting the genesis and inside scoop on the club back in 1980.  It's really great to hear Red and his compadres discuss the club, Eddie Condon and the world of jazz in NYC from that time.  Watching this, I can feel the energy and excitement of the club...I hope you will take the time to listen and watch these.

By the way, there will be an evening of jazz at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT on July 28th.  I hope you can make it there.

Description: n_red   neighborhood  music school 100 audubon street new haven, CT 06510

Please join us to celebrate a legend!  Neighborhood Music School presents "A Night at Eddie Condon's" featuring the Red Balaban Tribute Orchestra on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm.. This very special evening of jazz will honorthe late jazz legend, Leonard "Red" Balaban, bassist, tuba player, house band leader at Eddie Condon's and friend of NMS. Featured musicians include Paul Bempke and others who performed with Red throughout his career. The concert will also celebrate the 86th birthday of Red’s wife, Micki Balaban.

The concert will take place at Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon Street, New Haven in the Recital Hall and Park of the Arts behind the school.  Picnic dinners with delectable sandwiches and confections will be provided by Chestnut Fine Foods, and cash wine and beer bar is also available. 

Tickets prices are $30 each, including reserved table seats and picnic suppers.  For information, contact Sue Davison or Julius Stone at Neighborhood Music School, 203-624-5189. Tickets go on sale June 1 to the general public; family and friends of the Balaban family should call asap to reserve their seats.  More details to follow soon online at

Good times.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Who Dat Sound-Podcast #32 featuring Eddie Condon's and the Commodore-Red Balaban

From Red's best friend, especially in his later years:

I have my own Podcast radio show called "Hip To It". I just put up my 32nd show and I did a tribute to Condon's and featured a remembrance of the club during my tenure there. You'll all dig it. I relayed some of my times spent with "The Commodore".
When you click on the site (below) click "Enter Here" will then see the most recent shows below my visage from the CD "Hip To It". At the top of the list is Eddie Condon's "Diversity of the 3rd Incarnation". 
Click on that and enjoy the show. I know "The Commodore" would approve.
Danny D'Imperio