For 35 years, Vince Giordano and his 11- piece big band, The Nighthawks, have almost single-handedly kept Hot Jazz music from falling into the cultural abyss as it was passed over in favor of more modern jazz forms of Cool, Bebop and Free. Vince now fronts the most well-respected big band in the world (actually, he plays, sings, and conducts from the back of the band, holding down the rhythm on string bass, tuba and bass saxophone) and he is the foremost scholar of this uniquely American art form that gave us our “soundtrack” from the turn of the century through
World War II.
Hudson West’s new feature documentary “There’s a Future in the Past” chronicles Vince’s day-to-day efforts to find gigs, keep track of busy band members, save priceless vintage
arrangements from the dumpster, catalogue his 60,000 piece music collection in his custom-engineered database, and pick up side sessions to pay the rent, all in order to do what he lives and breathes for: playing some of the most exciting, joyful music ever written, and playing it as well as his heroes Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Jimmy Lunceford, and Paul montauk-monster.com/pharmacy Whiteman ever did.
Giordano’s dedication, along with a handful of others, has kept this cultural phenomenon on life support through hard times. Hard times are still here, but Vince and company may be getting the first glimpse of a renaissance. Is it possible that this music, so long considered “antique”, has found new relevance today?
Indeed,Vince may be on the threshold of a breakthrough as a gaggle of talented 20-somethings seem to be getting the bug to play and dance to this wild music invented nearly a century ago. When the light hits the bandstand on gig nights, and we see eleven virtuoso players, decked out in crisp tuxedos, blasting out the most frenetic yet precise dance music on the planet, it’s impossible not to smile – or dance. Yes, it is from another time, but its explosive rhythmic drive, infectious humor and the jaw dropping virtuosity of those who play it, make it fresh, ?of the moment” and irresistible.
Watch the 15-minute demo, and try to stay in your chair. Chances are you’ll have to jump up and break into the Balboa or the Lindy Hop.