Jimmy Vivino

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Jimmy Vivino
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Vivino at the Beacon, December 2013.
Background information
Birth name James Vivino
Also known as Jimmy V
Born (1955-01-10) January 10, 1955 (age 63)
Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Genres Rock and roll, jazz, R&B
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, Music director, Bandleader
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, trumpet
Associated acts Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band, Max Weinberg and The Tonight Show Band, The Max Weinberg 7, The Fab Faux, Frankie and the G Strings, The Vivino Brothers, The J-Band, The Black Italians, The Jimmy Vivino Band, Jimmy Vivino and the Rekooperators, Prisoners of 2nd Avenue, The Levon Helm Band
Website jimmyvivino.com

Jimmy Vivino (born January 10, 1955) is an American guitarist, keyboard player, singer, producer,[1] and music director. He is best known as the leader of Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band, the house band for the TBS late night program Conan. He was also a member of The Tonight Show Band, the house band on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and its predecessor, Late Night with Conan O'Brien on NBC. Vivino has also played with many rock bands, which most recently has included being a member of Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux.

He is the younger brother of longtime New Jersey TV host Floyd Vivino, a.k.a. Uncle Floyd, and the Basic Cable Band bandmate Jerry Vivino.


Vivino grew up in Glen Rock, New Jersey. He attended Glen Rock High School[2] where he played Tevye in a production of Fiddler on the Roof. He had an interest in music from a young age. He began working in New York clubs in the early 1980s[3] and in 1984 was musical director of the play Leader of the Pack.[4][5] Later he led "Jimmy Vivino and the Black Italians" and worked with Al Kooper.[6] Kooper considered Vivino to be one of his "discoveries" and had him as musical director for fifteen years.

Vivino serves as the music director on the TBS late-night program Conan. Vivino has been a consistent element in O'Brien's late night career, starting with the first episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien in September 1993. In June 2008, Vivino moved from New York to Los Angeles and worked as music director/guitarist/arranger on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour, and currently leads Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band on Conan.

When not appearing weeknights on TBS, Vivino divides his time between recording sessions and live gigs throughout the country. In addition to his solo work, Vivino plays with the successful Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux.[7] Vivino has also recorded and played live with such legends as Johnnie Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, and Al Kooper. Earlier in his career, Jimmy got his start producing, playing, and arranging for such artists as Phoebe Snow, Laura Nyro, John Sebastian, and Donald Fagen.

Partial discography[edit]

  • Live at Lucilles – Michael Packer Blues Band (Guitar) (2007)
  • Live at Sweet Rhythm – Michael Packer Blues Band (Guitar) (2007)
  • Mule-A-Go-Go – New Year's Eve 2005–2006 (special guest) (2006)
  • Alone Together (2005)
  • Steaks & Chops: Live at Great Jones, Volume 1 (Guitar) (2005)
  • Blues in the Blood  - Big Bill Morganfield (Guitar, Mandolin, Organ, Piano, Producer) (2003)
  • Best of M.C. Records 1996–2002 (Guitar) (2003)
  • Remedy (Vocals) (2002)
  • Different Shade of Red: The Woodstock Sessions – Louisiana Red (Organ, Guitar, Mandolin, Director, Producer, Horn Arrangement) (2002)
  • Crazy Kind of Life – Bill Perry (Organ, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Producer) (2002)
  • Respond, Volume II (Guitar) (2002)
  • Live at Manny's Car Wash - Rhett Tyler (Guitar) (2001)
  • Rare & Well Done: The Greatest and the Most Obscure Recordings – Al Kooper (2001)
  • No Small Wonder – Liz Quelar (Electric Guitar) (2001)
  • Fire It Up – Bill Perry (2001) (Vivino co-produced and guested on instruments)
  • Do What, Now? (1997) [8]
  • Chitlins Parmigiana  - The Vivino Brothers (Guitar/Composer) (1992)
  • Laura: Live at the Bottom Line – Laura Nyro (Guitar/Mandolin/Vocals/Co-producer) (1989)




  • 50 Years of NBC Late Night (2001)


  • Conan
  • The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 10th Anniversary Special (2003)
  • Comic Relief VIII (1998)
  • Déjà View: The Cinemax Session With James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett
  • Legendary Ladies of Rock and Roll
  • The Uncle Floyd Show ("Uncle" Floyd Vivino is Jimmy's older brother)
  • Team COCO

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