Vince Giordano

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Vince Giordano
Born (1952-03-11)March 11, 1952
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation(s) Musician and arranger
Years active 1966–present
Associated acts Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks

Vince Giordano (March 11, 1952, Brooklyn) is a musician and arranger, and leader of the New York-based Nighthawks Orchestra. Giordano is the leading American specialist in the jazz styles of the 1920s and 1930s. Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks have performed at countless music festivals and concert dates, and have appeared in - and provided music for - dozens of television and film projects, including the award-winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks perform twice weekly at Iguana NYC.

Preserving and performing the music of the 1920s and 1930s[edit]

More than simply a performer, Giordano is a big-band historian and collector with more than 60,000 scores in his collection. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are renowned on the New York scene for their commitment to preserving and authentically presenting 1920s and 1930s jazz and popular music. In 2011, Giordano was featured in the PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook, in which he reveals his treasures from the Great American Songbook. Turner Classic Movie Film Festival also spotlighted Vince and the Nighthawks at Hollywood’s Music Box, where the band performed a special evening of vintage movie music, in addition to accompanying "The Cameraman", a Buster Keaton silent film shown at the Egyptian Theater. In the summer of 2012, jazz fans have seen them perform at the Newport Jazz Festival, Music Mountain, and the Litchfield Jazz Festival. He is listed as 'a friend of' Thornton Hagert & the Vernacular Music Research's historical archive of music in the Michael Segall 2006 book The Devil's Horn The Story of the Saxophone.[1]

Movie and television soundtracks and screen appearances[edit]

Early appearances with Leon Redbone and A Prairie Home Companion and then lending his musical and acting talents to Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Cotton Club, led to working with Dick Hyman’s Orchestra in half a dozen Woody Allen soundtracks, then acting as a bass player, most notably in Sean Penn’s band in Woody’s Sweet And Lowdown. He and the band have been both onscreen and in the studio for Gus Van Sant’s film Finding Forrester; in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator; and Sam Mendes’ film Revolutionary Road. Other recording projects include soundtracks for Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World; Tamara Jenkins’s The Savages; Robert De Niro’s film, The Good Shepherd; Sam MendesAway We Go; Michael Mann’s film Public Enemies, along with HBO’s – Grey Gardens and Todd Haynes’ HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce. The Nighthawks were also featured as performers on Season Three of USA Network's Royal Pains. Most recently, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks recorded a song for the film Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Boardwalk Empire and Grammy Award[edit]

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks have also been on-screen actors in all three seasons of Terence Winter’s award-winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks were awarded a Grammy in the 54th Awards for Best Compilation for Visual Media for their work on "BOARDWALK EMPIRE Volume 1 – Music from the HBO Original Series" CD. Most recently, the Nighthawks have completed recording music for season four. And have release a new CD "BOARDWALK EMPIRE Volume 2 - Music from The HBO Original Series" with ABKCO Records.

Selected discography[edit]

Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks

  • Bill Challis' The Goldkette Project
  • Cheek to Cheek
  • Quality Shout
  • Music of the Cotton Club Revisited
  • Moonlight Serenade – Big Band Hits of the 1930s & ‘40s
  • The Aviator – Music From The Motion Picture
  • It’s De Lovely – The Authentic Cole Porter Collection
  • Boardwalk Empire Volume 1: Music from The HBO Original Series
  • Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music from The HBO Original Series

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