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Vince Giordano's Nighthawks Play Vintage Jazz at Iridium

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks
Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway, Corner of 51st St, NYC

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 23, 2007

Vince Giordano is an accomplished bandleader and arranger, with an orchestra of seasoned musicians, called Nighthawks. His American music, mainly from the 1920’s and 1930’s, captures the imagination and expands the soul. Additionally, Vince’s music makes you want to dance. This vintage orchestra is truly a classic, one of a kind. Tonight, I was joined for both sets at Iridium by Paul (my father) and his friend, Charlotte, both from Massachusetts. They were impressed and delighted with songs that they remembered and songs that they loved.

As the first set began, Vince’s tuba and the band’s brassy contingent bounced with verve. Vince makes his announcements from an authentically historic microphone, the kind used for old-time radio and dance bands. The music played on, with tenor and soprano saxes in solos, followed by the same on trumpet. The songs were seamless and smooth. “Singin’ the Blues Till My Daddy Comes Home” featured Dan Bloch on solo clarinet, followed by “It’s Hallelujah Time”, a 1932 classic. The trumpet was showcased, plus Nick Russo’s banjo. “China Boy”, with Dan Block on clarinet, was red hot Savoy Swing. The trombone then preceded Nick’s banjo, switching keys and rhythms. Andy Stein played his own unique instrument, half violin, half brass, and the drums picked up the beat. A Jelly Roll Morton piece followed with Alex Hoffman on clarinet; Nick played banjo with Vince on tuba.

Paul Whiteman’s “Happy Feet” brought Vince to the mic to sing in dance time. A trumpet was joined by three clarinets, a vibrant ensemble to fill the club with joy. Peter Yarin, pianist, played “The Wiley Avenue Blues”, in a tribute to Bessie Smith. And, Andy Stein joined on violin, with a romantic and coy personality. Appropriately, the next song was “Keepin’ out of Mischief Now”, by Fats Waller. A solo sax both blended into and backed up the bouncy piano solo. Nick Russo turned to his guitar with confidence, and the baritone sax spread rollicking resonance onstage. “Sugar”, with cornet and clarinet/sax, was a tribute to Bix and Jimmy Dorsey. “Jazznocracy”, a jazz theme of the 20’s and 30’s, was described by Vince as a period of deep, driven brass infusion, and then, for the next piece, Vince switched to his aluminum bass. Alex Hoffman played clarinet and tenor sax.

In the second set, Vince’s band turned more rambunctious and racy, as they played “The Casa Loma Stomp”. “Five Pennies”, from 1927, brought out Vince on his tuba, Alex Hoffman on sax, and Andy Stein on violin. “You Took Advantage of Me” featured saxes and the violin, with Vince on vocals. Then Duke Ellington’s “Awful Sad” showcased Dave Brown, before “Swamp Fire”, including a muted trumpet and rolling notes. “Blue Moon” was enhanced with a muted trombone, steady sax, clarinet, and trumpet. This Big Band sound ended in a frenzied flourish. “After You’ve Gone” had Dan Block standing on solo clarinet, Vince on bass, and Nick Russo on banjo. A request by our guest, Charlotte, called “Baby Face”, written in 1926, was played with wild abandon. The second and last set closed with “The Blues in My Heart”, and muted trumpet, sax, and trombone combined for a brassy bluesy beat.

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Vince Giordano's Nighthawks
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Paul and Charlotte, Vince's Fans
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