Vince Giordano

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Vince Giordano
Born (1952-03-11)March 11, 1952
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation(s) Musician and arranger
Instruments bass saxophone
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. His primary instrument is the bass saxophone.[1] 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, and Woody Allen's musical comedy film Everyone Says I Love You. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks perform twice weekly at Iguana NYC.

Preserving 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. He is listed as 'a friend of' Thornton Hagert and the Vernacular Music Research's historical archive of music in the Michael Segall 2006 book The Devil's Horn The Story of the Saxophone.[2] 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.

Radio and live stage performances[edit]

Giordano and his band have been frequent guest-performers on Garrison Keillor's variety radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. Turner Classic Movie Film Festival 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, the band performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Music Mountain, and the Litchfield Jazz Festival.

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 Allen’s Sweet And Lowdown. Giordano 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. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks recorded three songs for the film Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe. Todd Haynes' 2015 film Carol featured six recordings by the band.

For the 2004 album It's De Lovely - The Authentic Cole Porter Collection, Vince Giordano overdubbed Cole Porter's 1934 vocals and piano solos "[listening] with headphones to the composer's performance of 70 years ago to make sure everything synced up perfectly". These overdubbed versions of "You're the Top" and "Anything Goes" appear in the soundtracks for the 2007 video game BioShock and the 2008 Fallout 3.[3]

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks have also been on-screen actors in all three seasons of Terence Winter’s award-winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

Hudson West Productions' feature documentary, “Vince Giordano – There’s a Future in the Past” ad its world premiere on March 5th, 2016, at the Manchester (UK) International Film Festival.

Grammy Award[edit]

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 Empie Volume 2 - Music from The HBO Original Series" with ABKCO Records.

Selected discography[edit]

Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks

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