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Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

World Premiere at Manchester (UK) International Film Festival – March 5th, 2016

Grammy-winner, New York native and multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano has played in New York nightclubs, appeared in films such as The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Finding Forrester, Revolutionary Road, HBOs Boardwalk Empire and for concerts at the Town Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the Newport Jazz Festival and the 92nd St Y for the past four decades. 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. The Nighthawks are also seen and heard in the USA Network series Royal Pains and in the PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook. The band’s recent projects are Todd Haynes’ Academy Award nominated film Carol; and last year’s Emmy-winning Bessie bio-pic on HBO, and Cinemax’s The Knick starring Clive Owen; a Maggie Greenwald film called Sophie and the Rising Sun that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

Cafe Society BandCurrent projects include Woody Allen’s Café Society (2016) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart that opened nation-wide on July 15th. Upcoming projects include a Barry Levinson film for HBO called Wizard of Lies, starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer; and an upcoming historical drama called The Promise, directed by Terry George, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac and the first season of a new Amazon series tentatively called, Z: The Beginning of Everything about Zelda Fitzgerald – that will air in February of 2017.

Hudson West Productions feature documentary Vince Giordano – There’s a Future in the Past is complete! We are SO grateful to all the supporters who gave, and gave again, to see this project through the filming, editing, music clearance and now onto the festival circuit. A very special thanks to the directors Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards who found us as a worthy subject! The Manchester (UK) International Film Festival awarded the film with a “Best Score” and there were rave reviews at the Kansas City Film Festival and then again at the New York premiere on Sunday, July 10th at the 92nd St Y followed by a live performance! The film is now “on-tour” to other art houses around the country (see our SHOWS for a list of upcoming screenings). The directors have signed with a distributor! First Run Features!!! We’ll keep you posted on what this will entail! Click on the title above to watch the trailer.

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On Friday, July 15th Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks provided musical accompaniment to four sold-out silent films for the “Battle of the Century” program at MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) in NYC.

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.

Click here to listen to Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

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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Credit: Neil Siegal

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