Monday, April 4, 2016

Jazz Bandleader Vince Giordano & Documentary Producer Amber Edwards Discuss the new Documentary "There's a Future in the Past "

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz musician, arranger and leader of the New York-based Nighthawks Orchestra – Vince Giordano ..  And the director and producer of his life story in documentary .. There’s a Future in the Past .. Amber Edwards .. The US film premiere is going to take place in Kansas City on April 14, 2016 during the KC FilmFest at the Cinemark Palace on the Country Club Plaza .. Vince has been fea
tured in many productions .. like HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and he’s been a regular on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion for years .. He is steeped in preserving jazz from the bandstand and in Pulp .. For Amber, she is originally from the Kansas City metro and this premiere will be a homecoming .. Both speak passionately about this production, what it means and much more ..

Click here to listen to the interview.

Bandleader, historian, and collector Vince Giordano created the period music in Todd Haynes' Carol, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club, half-a-dozen Woody Allen films, and HBO's Grammy-winning series Boardwalk Empire. A New York institution for nearly 40 years, Vince and his eleven-member band The Nighthawks bring the hot, syncopated music of the 1920s and ’30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and Vince's encyclopedic collection of over 60,000 period band arrangements. But between the moments of glory on stage, there is the constant struggle to find gigs, manage personnel, and shlep a van full of equipment and 400 lbs of music to every job, with no road crew. Meltdowns occur, and the threat of going out of business constantly looms. Nonetheless Vince, along with a handful of others, have managed to keep this joyful, energetic music alive long enough for a new generation of young hipsters to discover it and claim it as their own. If you weren't lucky enough to be alive when Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Paul Whiteman, and Bix Beiderbecke were revolutionizing popular music, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks are the next best thing. There's a Future in the Past captures the hard work, endurance, and joy of being true to one's calling.

Directed and Produced by Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards
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