Jerry Vivino

Jerry's Next Gigs and Guest Appearances:

The Jerry Vivino Quartet

with Jerry Vivino (horns/vocals) - Jordan Young (drums), Ken Levinsky (piano), Martin Pizzarelli (bass)

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 7 to 11pm

The Deer Head Inn - 5 Main Street - Delaware Water Gap, PA

Music charge: $15, $8 after 9:30pm

(570) 424-2000

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As Mark Pender wrote on Facebook, "We got the band back together!"

Now available!

The Vivino Sisters have recorded an album, "DNA". DONNA, NATALIA and ANTONIA Vivino sing together on this great album of standards, covers and even a few originals. And of course, Pop Jerry produced the album which features a whole slew of great musicians, including members of Jerry's various bands. Uncle Jimmy even makes an appearance as does Mama Laura.

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And the reviews just keep on coming!

Downbeat Magazine loves Jerry's album so much they review it for a second time!!

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Source: Downbeat

Let's support a Grammy for Jerry's latest album!

Coast to Coast

Jerry's latest CD: "Coast to Coast" on Blu-Jazz Records

Coast to Coast Coast to Coast

Featuring a roster of L.A. and N.Y's finest musicians including:
John Leftwich, Bernie Dresel, Andy Langham, Ron Stout, Bucky Pizzarelli, Martin Pizzarelli, Karl Latham, Ken Levinsky,
Mark Sganga, John Arbo, Mitchel Forman, Kevin Axt, Lew Soloff, Kermit Driscoll, Shawn Pelton and Brian Charette.
10 great tracks including 7 tracks written or co-written by Jerry

Buy the CD for just $12.

Listen to a sampler of the CD!

Jerry's New Album, "Coast to Coast" reviewed by Jazz Monthly

Jazz Monthly
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Source: Jazz Monthly

Jerry's New Album, "Coast to Coast" earns another great review

Jerry Vivino
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Source: Jazz Weekly

Another great review and interview with Jerry

Jerry Vivino
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Jerry's New Album, "Coast to Coast" is rising in radio plays and the charts!

Jerry's new album is getting play all over the country! Stations such as KBEM FM, WUMR, JEWU, WUCF, KSDS, WCLK, KVSF-FM, WWSP, KXPR, WGVU, WNMC, WJSU FM, WBLV FM, WBCB, WOJ, STJU, KUSD-FM, KCSB-FM and many more are jumping on this record. There is quality radio out there if you search for it.


Jerry's New Album, "Coast to Coast" a Downbeat magazine pick!

Check out the great review of this terrific new album from Jerry.

Jerry Vivino
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Downbeat Magazine

And here's a great review from

Elmore Magazine

The Last Conan Show with the Basic Cable Band

The Conan O'Brien show is changing formats and is becoming a half-hour show in January that focuses more on web-friendly bits. As part of that change, the show will no longer have a band. On October 4th, the last episode of the current one-hour format show aired, Conan expressed his disappointment that the band won't be part of the new show and he paid tribute and highlighted the band. So in this video, we see the band including Jerry, for the last time as they play the Electric Flag's arrangement of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor".

And if you miss the band, in 2019, they'll be a new Conan website that will include thousands of remastered episodes from all of his shows going back 25 years, which will obviously include the band.

Jerry and the "Saxaphone Pointer"

Jerry's music project: Back East

Back East Back East

Jerry's CD features 12 great tracks

This great 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.

Buy the CD for just $12

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

>>>Click here to download the album from Amazon<<<

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

The Jerry Vivino Quartet at Shanghai Jazz

Jerry conquered New Jersey once again as he returned to play at Shanghai Jazz in Madison on August 13, 2016.

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Jerry Vivino

The Jerry Vivino Quartet at Shanghai Jazz

Jerry came back east on April 24, 2015 to play at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, New Jersey with Ken Levinsky, John Arbo and Karl Latham.

Check out a great video segment from the show:

And here are photos from the show.
Jerry Vivino

Jerry guests with daughter Donna Vivino

Jerry guested with his extraordinary daughter, Donna Vivino at Below 54, a great NYC club on January 16th, 2015. Click on the image to check out some great photos from that show.

Jerry Vivino

Jerry & the Fab Faux featured in Elmore magazine

Check out this great review from Elmore magazine of the Fab Faux at the Beacon theatre.

"...while Jerry Vivino's sax solo on the solo Lennon number "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" brought the crowd to its feet." (10/29/14)

Walkin' with the Wazmo


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
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.

Click here to order the CD from us for $15 and pay with Paypal or Credit Card

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!”

Click here to order the CD from us for just $12 and pay with Paypal or Credit Card

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


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

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


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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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


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


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)


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

YouTube link
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.

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

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

“Two fabulous 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!!!!”

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....”