[Dixielandjazz] Vince Giordano & Boardwalk Empire.

Marek Boym marekboym at gmail.com
Mon Oct 18 14:43:38 PDT 2010

> Giordano is exactly where he wants to be. He’s right in the middle of the
> bandstand, leading his musicians through a dance floor smash that’s nearly a
> century old. In his hands is an instrument that even savvy fans of the HBO
> hit television show can’t have seen before: something like a cross between a
> fiddle, a phonograph and a Colonial musket. “It’s a Stroh violin,” says
> Giordano, “a fiddle with an amplifying device built in. “It’s mine.”

Listmate Tamas Itzes plays one of those.  I am not sure he can be seen
playing it on You Tube, but I have seen him both live and on TV doing
it; I even have a video cassette on which he does, taped off

> Finding others who shared his passion was not easy. “In those days, the only
> place you heard old jazz was on programs like ‘Little Rascals.’ Kids my age
> would say, ‘There goes Vince with his crazy cartoon music.’

A good friend of mine, when I invited her to our jazz evenings, said
that she did not know there were people who were jazz fans, but
neither did she know there were people who disliked jazz.  In her
early twenties at the time (I'm too polite to mention when that was),
she came to know aln love jazz watching cartoons and old films on
television as a kid.


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