Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past


“La La Land” isn’t the only feel-good movie playing these days. Less well known, but just as entertaining, is “Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past,” playing at the Cinema Village on E. 12th St. It will not only make you smile but you’ll also tap your foot and shake whatever you can shake in a theater seat. Giordano is the leader of a band that is virtually the sole preserver and evangelist of the hot jazz of the ’20s and ’30s. If you’ve seen a Woody Allen movie or watched an episode of “Boardwalk Empire,” you’ve heard Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, all 11 of whom each play several instruments. Vince, for example, rotates among bass fiddle, bass horn and bass saxophone. And he sings.MV5BMjA1OTcwOTQ3MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTg3MTUwMDI@._V1_UX477_CR0,0,477,268_AL_

Over the years, Giordano has collected over 60,000 arrangements and sheet music that preserve the music of the era, all stored in his home. He and the Nighthawks perform almost every night — somewhere — spreading the joy of this almost-century-old music for listening and dancing by today’s old-timers — and even millennials.

In addition to the performing, the movie captures the dark side of occupying a niche in the entertainment business and not being a rock star: schlepping your own instruments in cars and buses; packing, unpacking and carrying them to the performance areas; dealing with an antagonistic union; coordinating schedules; booking dates — all without staff or help.

Why do they do it? Go see the movie, watch their enthusiasm, listen to their music… and then you’ll know.

Playing through January 26th at Cinema Village.

Ben Rosen




One Response to “Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past”

  1. Jack and I loved going to hear Vince and The Nighthawks at Iguana whenever we can and were regulars at Sofia’s/Hotel Edison. But, watching Giordano behind the scenes multi-tasking and seeing his legendary sheet music collection gave added appreciation to his notable archival music genius. We are so lucky that he keeps his band together and conducts his stellar musicians with such meticulous precision.

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