Wednesday, Aug 6, 2008 • Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks • Old Westbury
Wednesday, August 6
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks—20s & 30s Dance—In 30 years as a bandleader, Vince Giordano has become the authority on recreating the sounds of 1920s and ‘30s jazz and popular music. “I just love the energy of the early jazz,” says Giordano. “I wanted to recapture some of that.” Early appearances with Leon Redbone and on Prairie Home Companion and lending his talents to Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Cotton Club, led to working with Dick Hyman’s Orchestra in half a dozen Woody Allen soundtracks then as a bass player in Sean Penn’s band in Woody’s Sweet and Lowdown. He and band were featured in Gus Van Sant’s film Finding Forrester, in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, Robert DeNiro’s film, The Good Shepherd and most recently in Sam Mendes’ upcoming film: Revolutionary Road. Also a big-band historian and collector, Giordano has more than 30,000 scores in his collection. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are renowned on the New York scene for their commitment to preserving and authentically presenting 1920s jazz and popular music.
Venue: Old Westbury GardensOld Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens is located at 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, New York, between the Long Island Expressway (I-495) and Jericho Turnpike (New York Route 25), approximately 20 miles east of New York City.
Directions from New York City
From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39 (Glen Cove Road). Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.
From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Bear left at end of exit ramp and turn left onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.
Directions from Eastern Long Island
From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (I-495) to Exit 39. Turn left onto Glen Cove Road (Garden City) at end of exit ramp, cross over expressway, and immediately turn left onto the service road. Follow the service road east for approximately 1.1 miles, turn right onto Old Westbury Road and continue 0.4 miles. The Gardens’ gate is on the left.
From the Northern State Parkway: Take the Northern State to Exit 32 (Post Avenue). Turn right at the end of the exit ramp (Old Westbury) onto Post Avenue heading north. Turn left onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) and turn right at the first light onto Old Westbury Road. The Gardens’ gate is on the right.
Take Long Island Rail Road to Westbury Station, then a taxi to Old Westbury Gardens approximately 2.5 miles from the station).
Organizer: Old Westbury Gardens (Old Westbury)
Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children. Completed in 1906 by the English designer George A. Crawley, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 160 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family’s residence.
Today, Old Westbury Gardens welcomes visitors of all ages for guided tours of Westbury House and Gardens, in-depth tours of the formal gardens, school visits, children’s programs and events, family programs, museum exhibits, classic car shows, indoor and outdoor classical concerts, summer concerts, slide lectures, book signings, horticultural demonstrations and workshops, Scottish Games, botanical arts and gardening classes, and Master Gardener- and Educator-led Talks & Tours of topics relating to horticulture, art, history, design and architecture.
Every summer, Old Westbury Gardens has their Picnic Pops 2007 Summer Concert Series on the great lawn. An area in front of the bandstand is reserved for dancing!
Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road
P.O. Box 430
Old Westbury, NY 11568