Midsummer Night Swing favorites Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks played their Grammy-winning music from HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" on Tuesday night, sharing the stage with two stars from the show, Stephen DeRosa, who plays Eddie Cantor, and Margot B., who plays jazz and blues chanteuse Daughter Maitland at Damrosch Park's Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Bandshell. Guests were encouraged to "get dolled up in your fedora and spats for a swanky shot of Prohibition-era big band with those dynamic music men in black tie", for a chance to win tickets to the Broadway musical "Bullets Over Broadway". The "Roaring '20's" fashion contest was sponsored by Macy's.
New York City's fashion fabulous turned out in their best flapper and dandy finery to swing and strut to the speakeasy style early jazz tunes culled from Giordano's Grammy-winning "Boardwalk Empire" soundtracks. T-straps, fedoras, bow-ties, and flirty skirts were de rigueur for the evening, as couples did the Lindy, the Foxtrot, and the Charleston across the dance floor set up in front of the bandshell for the two week event.
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have played in New York nightclubs, appeared in films such as "The Cotton Club", "The Aviator", "Finding Forrester", "Revolutionary Road", as well as HBO's "Boardwalk Empire", and for concerts at The Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The Newport Jazz Festival. Other recording projects include soundtracks for Terry Zwigoff's "Ghost World" (early Scarlett Johansson!), Tamara Jenkins' "The Savages", Robert DeNiro's "The Good Shepherd", Sam Mendes' "Away We Go", Michael Mann's "Public Enemies", and John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings", along with HBO's "Grey Gardens", and Todd Haynes' HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce" and an upcoming Haynes' film called "Carol". The Nighthawks are also seen and heard in the USA Network series "Royal Pains" and in the PBS series "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook".
Midsummer Night Swing kicked off at Lincoln Center on June 24th, with a performance by Cecile McLorin Salvant, backed by Giordano and the Nighthawks. Last night was a performance by legends of Cuban son, Conjunto Chappottiin y Sus Estrellas, making their US debut. Saturday night, July 12th, will be the final night of Midsummer Night Swing for the summer, and the evening's lineup is pretty epic. The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra will present its 10th annual tribute to Illinois Jacquet, the American jazz tenor saxophonist who was a pioneer of the honking tenor sax that became a regular feature of jazz playing and early rock and roll. Special guest star will be Detroit sax man James Carter. The evening will also feature a Lindy Hop dance contest in honor of the late great legend, dancer Frankie Manning, during his worldwide centennial celebration.