Vincent James Giordano, 11 March 1952, New York City, New York, USA. Inspired by hearing records Giordano soon took a serious interest in music and by the age of 15 was playing professionally on string bass and, unusually, brass bass and bass saxophone. He had not only developed a liking for instruments on the lower range, he also took a precocious interest in arranging in the style of 20s and early 30s dance bands. To this end, he sought out and took lessons from Bill Challis. He played in a wide range of settings in New York, in both jazz groups and theatrical pit bands, including the New Paul Whiteman Orchestra, Bob Greenes band, the New York Jazz Repertory Company, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Band, and with Leon Redbone.
Giordano maintained his interest in early jazz and dance styles, and his love for that bygone era led him in time to form his own band, the Nighthawks, with which he played original charts of the era as well...