What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21st century? Two words: Vince Giordano––a bandleader, musician, historian, scholar, collector, and NYC institution.
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 to every job, with no road crew. Meltdowns occur and the threat of going out of business constantly looms. Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past captures the hard work, endurance, and joy of being true to one’s calling.This beautifully crafted documentary offers an intimate and energetic portrait of a truly devoted musician and preservationist, taking us behind the scenes of the recording of HBO’s Grammy award-winning Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, and alongside Giordano as he shares his passion for hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans.
(US/2016/Directed by Dave Davidson/Amber Edwards)
unrated / 90 mins.