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Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past (2017)

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A feature-length documentary about musician, scholar and bandleader Vince Giordano who, with his 11-member band The Nighthawks, has doggedly kept alive the popular music of the 1920s and '30s for the past forty years. Through Vince's story, the viewer will be immersed in the Hot Jazz and Swing that fueled Prohibition high-jinx and cheered up Depression-era America. And they will see what it takes to make a life as a professional jazz musician in 21st Century New York. Giordano's dedication, along with a handful of others, has kept this cultural phenomenon on life support through hard times, and introduced it to a new generation of Hot Jazz devotees and virtuosos who are laying claim to this joyful, energetic music.

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

"There's a Future in the Past" is equally balanced between its smoking-hot live performances, interviews and day-in-the-life footage.

April 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

January 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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?

January 11, 2017 | Full Review…

A lively, engaging, warts-and-all documentary.

January 22, 2017 | Rating: 8.89/10 | Full Review…

Lovers of big-band music especially-but everyone, really-will enjoy this loving look at a man and his nostalgic mission.

January 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Vince Giordano is a national treasure dedicated to performances of classic jazz but never musty. Indeed, you feel like you have visited the 1920s in a time machine watching the Nighthawks perform. The film does his work justice.

December 16, 2016 | Full Review…

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