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Jerry's Next Gigs and Guest Appearances:


You can also see Jerry nightly, playing in the Basic Cable Band on the Conan show on TBS.


The Jerry Vivino and Friends with...

w/ Jerry Vivino - John Leftwich - James Wormworth - Andy Langham

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 - 2 sets starting at 9:30pm

The Baked Potato - 3787 Cahuenga Blvd. - Studio City, CA

Jerry and James are members of the Basic Cable Band on the Conan TV show.

Reservations: (818) 980-1615 $15 cover.

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Jerry's Twitter Feed

Wow! Jerry's on Twitter. This is gonna' be fun:



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Jerry's latest music project: Back East

Back East Back East

Jerry's latest and greatest features 12 great new tracks

This great new CD featuring music for intelligent adults and music lovers features Brian Charette on Hammond organ, Bob DeVos on guitar and Andy Sensei on drums and percussion.
The album was recorded at Tom Tedesco's studio in Paramus, New Jersey.

Downbeat Review
Copyright Downbeat Magazine, August 2014 issue
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Jazz Times Review
Copyright Jazz Times Review Magazine, August 2014 issue
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View review on Jazz Times wesbsite

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Check out the Reviews page for reviews of Jerry's CDs and live performances



Four More Years with the Basic Cable Band

TBS has signed Conan O'Brien to four more years with a new contract ending in 2018. That brings the good news that we get to hear the Basic Cable Band for at least four more years. In addition to Jerry on horns, the band includes leader Jimmy Vivino on guitar, Scott Healy on Keyboards, Mike Merritt on Bass, James Wormworth on drums and a Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg and Mark Pender on horns.


Walkin' with the Wazmo

Walkin'

The album features eleven great tracks:
Pent Up House
Walkin' with the Wazmo
Cats 'R' Us
Dorado Beach
Montelana Circle
The Fried Piper
Knock Me A Kiss
Red Moon
Bellissima
Dolphin Dance
I'm Mad About You

Personnel: Jerry Vivino, Brian Charrette, Kermit Driscoll, Mike Merritt, Shawn Pelton, James Wormworth,
Ray Marchica, Greg Skaff, Lew Soloff, Michael Morreale and Mike Fahn
with special guest appearances by Jimmy Vivino and Ken Levinsky.


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Jerry Vivino Quartet: Live at Shanghai Jazz:
Live At Shanghai Jazz

The joint is jumping. Recorded live at Shanghai Jazz in New Jersey, this amazingly cool CD features Jerry, Mike Merritt, James Wormworth (all from the Basic Cable Band on the Conan show) as well as amazing keyboard player Brian Charette and the great Lew Soloff. As they say, “Now this is music!”

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The Fab Faux plays 'The TV Performances'

Jerry played as part of the Hogshead Horns which is the rhythm section of The Fab Faux. The theme of this performance was the Beatles' TV appearances, beginning of course, with their appearances on the Ed Sullivan show in February of 1964.

Fab Faux

Fab Faux

Click above to see some great photos of the show. (And some video coming soon...)


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Jerry took on producing duties for a new album by his very talented daughter, Donna, who has had a fine career in the theatre. Most recently, she played Elphaba on the first national tour of Wicked. She has also appeared on Broadway in Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever and the original Broadcast cast of Les Misérables as Young Cosette in 1987-88.

Click the above image for the full press release on this great new album, which will be officially released on December 10th.

In addition to Donna (vocals) and Jerry (reeds and production), the CD features Mitch Forman (piano & arrangements), Kevin Axt (bass) and Ray Brinker (drums). The album is also available on iTunes and Amazon. (posted 11/1/2013, updated 12/9/2013)

Broadway World article
Playbill article
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At the NAMM show Vando Jam in January of 2013 with saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Reggie Padilla. (posted 8/31/2013)

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From a recent Baked Potato gig with Doug Webb on sax and Mike Merritt on bass. (posted 8/31/2013)

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Here's Jerry with Conan, who is wearing a Yankee hat over his Red Sox hat. That's keyboard player Scott Healy in the background. (posted 8/31/2013)

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Gary Oldman joins Jerry, brother Jimmy and drummer Rich Pagano at a Fab Faux gig at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. (posted 8/31/2013)

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This is Brian Charette (Hammond B3), Jerry (horns), engineer Tommy Tedesco, Andy Sanesi (Drums) and Bob Devos (guitar) at Tedesco Studios in April of 2013 where they recorded tracks for Jerry's upcoming new CD, Back East. (posted 8/29/2013)

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Here's Jerry with drummer James Worthworth and bassist Mike Merritt from a recent gig at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles. (posted 8/29/2013)

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Here's the horn man playing recently at the Baked Potato. (posted 8/29/2013)

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Here's an image of Jerry from a recent issue of Downbeat magazine. Click for a larger version. (posted 3/7/2013)

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Here's an image of Jerry who was playing along with Jeff the Brotherhood. Photo by Meghan Sinclair. Click for more on the Team Coco site. (posted 3/7/2013)

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Click this link to the Team Coco site for a funny bit with Jerry. (posted 3/7/2013)

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Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey, who recently was a Dancing With The Stars winner, was the star of Dirty Dancing and later had her nose "fixed" and became unrecognizable. She then was a member of the ensemble cast of the short-lived TV comedy "It's Like, You Know..." where she played an actress named Jennifer Grey who got a nose job and became unrecognizable. Her father, Joel Grey, was in the original stage and movie versions of Cabaret and her grandfather was a comedian named Mickey Katz. In this clip from the old Conan show, Jennifer sings one of her grandfather's novelty songs, a Jewish reworking of the theme from Davy Crockett, called "Duvid Crockett", with Jerry featured on clarinet.

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with Mike, the Worm and Frank Langham. New photography by Dailey Pike. Click for more.

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with Ed Alstrom, John Arbo and Bill Tesar at Shanghai Jazz. Click for more.

Dr. Joe

Here's one you don't see every day. This guy loves the Vivinos so much, he actually runs an ad for his own practice telling a story about them. Click on the icon to read the deal.

A new review of Jerry's performances in L.A. by photographer and music critic Tony Gieske:

Live Jazz: The Jerry Vivino Quartet Upstairs at Vitello's by Tony Gieske

Photos of the show can be found here: Jerry at Vitello's by Tony Gieske

What's the story with Sarah Palin and Jerry Vivino????


Sarah Palin

What's going on between Jerry and Sarah Palin? Is Sarah going to be the new vocalist for the Tonight Show Band? Is she going to join the Jerry Vivino Quartet? And why does Mike Merritt look so surprised? And why does James Wormworth look so happy?

Superbowl with Bruce

At the Superbowl Half-Time Show February 2009: Jerry taking bows w/Mark Pender, Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg, Gary Talent, Bruce Springsteen, Little Steven, Max Weinberg and Patti Sialfa (missing: Clarence Clemons)
Photo: REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Jerry w/Levon Helm

With the Levon Helm Band and Friends. Click for more.
Photo: Frank Beacham

Review of Jerry's recent show from Stan Beinstein from WDST 100.1 FM (Ulster, Dutchess, Green, Columbia counties)

“Two fabulous sets.....you were great.. I have seen your brother(s)..many times.. but never you.... You are one strong tenor man.... thought I'd seen 'em all.. rhassan.. brecker...sonny...hamiett..clifford jordan.... you're up there brother!!!! you bridge the gaps between Louis Jordan, Sonny Rollins and King Curtis incredibly well.. got to see King Curtis once on a Murray the K show at the Brooklyn Fox in 65 or 66... your reading of Soul Serenade on soprano was sublime...and opening with Memphis Soul Stew with Pretty Purdie sitting behind you was not lost on me...from the first fatback snare pop...I was home...somewhere in my vinyl cavern is the King Curtis Live at Fillmore West album..with Purdie..Billy Preston...Cornell Dupree...etc...and your Stew rivaled that one!!!!”

Here's some great content on other pages:

The New York Times reviews Keely Smith and Jerry AGAIN!!
On April 23rd, the New York Times once again reviewed the Keely Smith show at Feinstein's. Although the show is about 50% new, it's very unusual for the Times to review the same show more than once. Here are excerpts:

“....Keely Smith, the poker-faced former mistress of dusk-to-dawn revels during the golden age of Las Vegas and the Cher of her era, return to Feinstein's at the Regency on Tuesday evening with a revised edition of "Vegas '58,".......Rather than straining to capture the raw, frantic zaniness of Prima, who died in 1978, Ms. Smith leaves it up to her excellent swing band to pump up the adrenaline.....The nine member ensemble, featuring the sweaty tenor saxophone of Jerry Vivino, took the songs to the finish line.”

More reviews are in!!!
Goldmine gave Jerry a half-page review of his latest CD. Here are excerpts:

“....In a word, this band is hot! Vivino's vocals and saxophone solos are dynamic, and the rhythm section of Merritt and Wormworth groove low and hard. This live performance...shows off their chops and versatility...succesfully bridges the gap between blues, jazz and what the music was like in the good old days of jazz gone by...”
(Joe Milliken)
Pick up the October 1st issue of Goldmine to read more.

The reviews are in!!!
The NY Times had a review of the Keely Smith gig at Feinstein's:

“....Recreating a typical set she and Louis Prima performed six times a night, seven nights a week from midnight to 6am....Ms. Smith and her hot nine-piece band kick up a storm of happy noise......Most of the show's popping arrangements, by Billy May, Nelson Riddle and others, are transcriptions from the original recordings, with a synthesizer replacing the strings, and Jerry Vivino's saxophone supplying droll, earthy punctuation. Especially when the band attacks upbeat numbers like “Jump, Jive and Wail” and “Zooma Zooma,” a mood of frantic excitement prevails....”

And check out this classic material from 2004 and earlier: