Saturday, 10 December 2011

Vince Giordano’s passion for 1920s music serves him well as ‘Boardwalk Empire’ maestro



Vince Giordano’s passion for 1920s music serves him well as ‘Boardwalk Empire’ maestro

A pleasant little article from the New York Daily News here, focusing on the music of the spiffing television series Boardwalk Empire (which still hasn't made it to a terrestrial British channel *shakes fist at Rupert Murdoch*, guess I'll just have to get a hold of the box set when Season 1 is released on the 9th January).

Renowned jazz bandleader Vince Giordano is the man behind all of the live music heard in Boardwalk Empire, as well as having been involved in providing the authentic sound for many a period piece in the past.  As well as helping to provide the score for Boardwalk Empire Giordano and his band, the Nighthawks, play live every week at a local New York restaurant.  In every respect they are one of the most accurate hot jazz bands of the modern age, with a sound so reminiscent of the 1920s and '30s that they are practically indistinguishable from original live bands of the time.  No wonder they are in so much demand for film and television work!

Boardwalk Empire's success can no doubt be put down in part to the attention to detail displayed in each and every episode and this obviously extends to the music as well.  It is another feather in the cap of Mr Giordano and his band that he is involved in this series and it's wonderful to see (and hear) this toe-tapping music in a popular TV show.

4 comments:

  1. Lovely music, thank you for posting. You might also like the Bratislava Hot Serenaders. I imagine them being very close like sounding from the past. The tuba's seems essential. :) http://youtu.be/jlmBh_JpXl4 or with Henry de Winter: http://youtu.be/f88jL13laZA

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  2. Thanks superheidi. I did know about the Bratislava Hot Serenaders, they are indeed up there with the best. And Henry de Winter is well-renowned not only in the jazz world but in the wider vintage scene. A top chap!

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  3. I also LOVE the way music punctuates the episodes of Boardwalk. Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. I too am very frustrated that this programme has not been shown on terrestrial yet (and Game of Thrones as well).

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