I confess that my title is a play on the comic strip character.? But it has a more serious meaning.
With Basie, Goodman, Lombardo, Ellington and others have disappeared, how many people have led a band - not only stirred a stick - more than thirty-five years?? Vince Giordano began his career as a conductor in 1975.? I would not have believed it myself, but Dan Levinson provided this fact last Monday night to Sofia and I hope Dan in the matter.
It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a hero to support an eleven hot musicians so that the length of time.? Hail, Vince!
Vince and Nighthawks hold court - in a more largely affectionately swinging way - to the Cache Club in Ristorante in Sofia (i.e. a flock of steps down, near the tuba at 211 West 46th Street, New York City).
Monday night, was particularly prestigious.? In the audience were George Avakian, Frank Driggs, Leo McConville, Jr. and his wife Linda, Eric Elder, and his significant other drowned, Peter Mintun, Rich Conaty and many others.
Wonderful dancers!? Among them: Sam Huang, Michelle deCastro, Nina Galicheva, Tina Micic, Kathy Stokes, Marty Visconti, Eric Schlesinger, Celia Gianfresco, Jerry Feldman, Carolina Rueda, Eli Charne...
And the band!? Vince, course, vocals, bass, low saxophone and tuba; Mike Ponella and Randy Reinhart on trumpet / cornet. Jim Fryer on trombone. Dan Levinson, Dan Block and Mark Lopeman, reeds. Peter Yarin, piano; Andy Stein violin and baritone saxophone; Ken Salvo, banjo / guitar; Arnie Kinsella, battery.
I was sitting (with the permission of the graceful McConvilles) perpendicular to the Nighthawks table, sort of viewers JAZZ lives will immediately notice the different point of view on the half dozen videos that follow.
Here's IMAGINATION, a "modernist" piece by saxophonist / arranger and composer Joseph "fud" Livingston: