Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
In 30 years as a bandleader, Vince Giordano has focused on recreating the sounds of 1920s and '30s jazz and popular music. "I just love the energy of the early jazz," says Giordano, 54. "I wanted to recapture some of that." Giordano has developed his expertise on the saxophone, bass, and tuba, but he is best known as leader of the vintage band the Nighthawks, and his authentic realizations of earlier jazz performance styles.
Early appearances with Leon Redbone and on the Prairie Home Companion and lending his 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 as a bass player in Sean Penn's band in Woody's Sweet and Lowdown. He and band were featured in Gus Van Sant's film Finding Forrester, in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, Robert DeNiro's The Good Shepherd and most recently in Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road.
Also a big-band historian and collector, Giordano has more than 30,000 scores in his collection. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are well known on the New York scene for their commitment to preserving and authentically presenting 1920s jazz and popular music.
Vince Giordano's Nighthawks
1316 Elm Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11230-5916