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Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

Grammy-winner Vince Giordano has played in New York nightclubs, appeared in films such as The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Finding Forrester, Revolutionary Road, and HBOs Boardwalk Empire, and for concerts at the Town Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the 92nd St Y and the Newport Jazz Festival. Recording projects include soundtracks for the award-winning Boardwalk Empire with vocalist like Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, St. Vincent, Regina Spektor, Neko Case, Leon Redbone, Liza Minnelli, Catherine Russell, Rufus Wainwright and David Johansen. Vince and his band have also recorded for Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages, Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd, Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, Michael Mann’s film Public Enemies, and John Krokidas’ debut feature, Kill Your Darlings, along with HBO’s Grey Gardens and the miniseries Mildred Pierce. Most recently Vince and the band recorded music for HBO’s Bessie starring Queen Latifah; Cinemax’s The Knick starring Clive Owen; an upcoming Haynes’ film called Carol; and a new pilot for Amazon. The Nighthawks are also seen and heard in the USA Network series Royal Pains and in the PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook. Hudson West Productions recently completed a feature documentary called Vince Giordano – There’s a Future in the Past and they’re in the process of raising funds for music clearance rights.



Giordano’s passion for music from the 1920’s & 30’s and the people that made it began at age 5. He has amassed an amazing collection of over 60,000 band arrangements, 1920’s and 30’s films, 78 recordings and jazz-age memorabilia. Giordano sought out and studied with important survivors from the period; Whiteman’s hot arranger Bill Challis and drummer Chauncey Morehouse, as well as bassist Joe Tarto. Giordano’s passion, commitment to authenticity, and knowledge led him to create a sensational band of like-minded players, the Nighthawks. For over 40 years, Vince Giordano has single handedly kept alive a wonderful genre of American music that continues to spread the joy and pathos of an era that shaped our nation. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks can be heard every Monday and Tuesday at Iguana NYC.

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Every Monday & Tuesday

Iguana NYC240 West 54th St. (between 8th Ave. & B’way), New York, NY 10019. We play every Monday and Tuesday from 8pm – 11pm. Music Cover Charge: $20. Cash at the door plus Food / Drink minimum: $20. There is a beautiful wood dance floor and an elevator to the 2nd floor! Reservations at Iguana are recommended. Please call: 212-765-5454

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Jaunty Songs That Reveal a Bleaker Reality

“An erupting wellspring of euphoria: that would describe the vintage swing emanating from Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks…”

–The New York Times by Stephen Holden

Playing a Bandleader and Keeping It Real

“VINCE GIORDANO didn’t just record with his band, the Nighthawks, much of the music on ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ He also served as an invaluable historical resource.”

–The New York Times by Charles McGrath

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The Nighthawks: Andy Stein, violin/baritone sax; Mike Ponella, trumpet; Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Jim Fryer, trombone; Adrian Cunningham, alto sax/clarinet; Mark Lopeman, tenor sax/clarinet; Dan Levinson, alto sax/clarinet; Peter Yarin, piano; Ken Salvo, guitar/banjo; Paul Wells, percussion; Vince Giordano, band leader, vocalist, string bass/bass sax/tuba