Charles Giordano at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
|Born||October 13, 1954 (age 61)
Brooklyn, New York, USA
|Associated acts||Bruce Springsteen
The E Street Band
The Sessions Band
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Charles Giordano (born October 13, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York of Italian descent ) is an American keyboardist and accordionist. Giordano is known primarily for his work with Bruce Springsteen as an adjunct member of the E Street Band, playing keyboards and organ following the serious illness and subsequent death of original E Street organist Danny Federici in 2008 and as a member of Springsteen's The Sessions Band. He is also known for playing keyboards with Pat Benatar in the 1980s.
With Benatar he was usually billed as Charlie Giordano and played for five albums, beginning in 1983; his role in the band was praised by Billboard magazine. With Benatar he was identifiable by his glasses and distinctive array of berets, blazers and 1980s-style ties. Giordano also was a member of The David Johansen Group and went on to perform with Buster Poindexter and The Banshees of Blue.
As a session musician Giordano's playing has included Madeleine Peyroux's 1996 album Dreamland and Bucky Pizzarelli's 2000 album Italian Intermezzo; the latter's mix of opera, Italian folk, and swing presaged his appearance in the similarly genre-mashing Sessions Band Tour with Springsteen. Giordano also participated in a 2002 revival of garage rock band ? and the Mysterians. In 2008, he accompanied British singer Barb Jungr for a short stand in a New York City cabaret.
Tours with Bruce Springsteen
- Seeger Sessions Tour with the Sessions Band (2006)
- Magic Tour with the E Street Band (2007-2008)
- Working On A Dream Tour with the E Street Band (2009)
- Wrecking Ball Tour with the E Street Band (2012-2013)
- High Hopes Tour with the E Street Band (2014)
- The River Tour 2016–Summer '17 with the E Street Band (2016-17)
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With James Carter
- Chasin' the Gypsy (Atlantic, 2000)
- Gary Graff (2006). "Bruce Springsteen Takes Fans on a Different Kind of "Carnival Ride"". Oakland Press. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
- Jay Lustig (2007-11-21). "E Streeter Federici to be treated for melanoma". Newark Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
- "Pat Benatar / Red Rider". Billboard. 1983-04-09. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
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