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Vince Giordano: There's a Future In the Past

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards

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About the Movie

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. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Digs deeply enough into Mr. Giordano's world to convey the drudgery and headaches of being a bandleader: juggling personnel, scheduling, dealing with a musicians' union and lugging around instruments. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jan 12, 2017

Fresh: "There's a Future in the Past" is equally balanced between its smoking-hot live performances, interviews and day-in-the-life footage. – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, Apr 13, 2017

Fresh: They're attempting to discover what it might have been like to hear those bands of back then blowing the doors off a joint. Is that possible? Who knows - but does it hurt to try? – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Jan 11, 2017

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