It doesn't get any better than this, people!
Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks deliver dead-on recreations of hot jazz and dance music from between 1919 and the mid-1930s.
The octet version of the New York City-based band will make a rare Upstate appearance at 9:15 p.m. Friday Sept. 25, at Jaz 'N Caz, at the Catherine Cummings Theatre on Lincklaen Street in Cazenovia. Suggested donation is $10.
There's also a good chance some of the Nighthawks will participate in the 11:30 p.m. after-hours jam session at the Seven Stone Steps.
Recordings by The Nighthawks have been featured on television shows, radio broadcasts such as A Prairie Home Companion and motion pictures. In Sweet and Lowdown, Woody Allen's 1999 pseudo-bio-pic about a 1930s' jazz guitar genius, Giordano is typecast as a bassist.
Vince and members of The Nighthawks appear as Cocoanut Grove band members in Martin Scorsese's 2004 film about Howeard Hughes, The Aviator. In the 2008 film Revolutionary Road, Giordano and his trumpet player, Jon-Erik Kellso, play members of the swingin' Steve Kovac Band. More recently Vince played bass on Diana Krall's version of "Bye Bye Blackbird" in Michael Mann's Public Enemies.
Not only is Giordano a talented multi-instrumentalist (he plays acoustic bass, tuba, bass saxophone, banjo, rhythm guitar, piano and drums), he's also a brilliant bandleader, big-band historian and an obsessive collector of sheet music.
Over 30 years as a bandleader, Giordano, who's now in his mid-50s, has emerged as the authority on the sounds of 1920s and '30s. "I just love the energy of the early jazz," he says. "I wanted to recapture some of that."
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks alight every Monday night at Sofia's Restaurant, at the Edison Hotel, 221 W. 46th St., between Broadway and 8th Avenue, in New York City; visit ClubCachenyc.com, or call (212) 719-5799.