Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Kat Edmonson Bria Skonberg DeWitt Fleming, Jr.
Sun, June 16, 2:30pm
Two of the torch bearers of hot jazz — Vince Giordano and Bria Skonberg — bring their bands to Caramoor with the classic swingin’ jazz of the 1920s and ’30s that will leave you with no choice but to get up and dance! Join us for a dance lesson between the afternoon and evening sets, and bring the kids early for a special family set at 2:30pm by Bria Skonberg’s Hot Five.
“No one else can compete with Mr Giordano in terms of the sheer variety of the music. He can jump from … a red-hot New Orleans-style stomp … to Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.”
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Bria Skonberg’s Hot Five
Kat Edmonson, vocalist
DeWitt Fleming, Jr., tap dancer
Michael Cumella, gramophone DJ
Gaby Cook, dance instructor
Nathan Bugh, dance instructor
3:10pm – 4:00pm
Family Set: Bria Skonberg’s Hot Five
— Break —
4:50pm – 5:40pm
Bria Skonberg’s Hot Five
5:55pm – 6:20pm
6:20pm – 7:10pm
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
7:20pm – 7:40pm
7:40pm – 8:30pm
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Please note timings are approximate
This event will go on rain or shine. The Friends Field Tent is fully covered and will be able to accommodate the full audience
Tables for audience members with Standard tickets will be available for use, however we ask that if you get up to dance, you share your seat with someone coming off the dance floor.
You are welcome to bring your own seating and blankets that can be set up on the lawn outside of the tent. In the case of inclement weather, we will allow for a spot near the rear of the tent for personal seating and blankets.
This event will feature special menu items and a signature cocktail available at the bar inside the tent.
Be prepared to get up and dance with appropriate shoes and comfortable clothes. Get festive and show off your best Hot Jazz period attire!
The Music Room will be open for audience members to come and see from 2:30pm to 7:00pm.
A family-friendly Sound Art tour will be held at 4:00pm.
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, bandleader Vince Giordano began his odyssey into the world of music at the age of five. The discovery of a slew of 78 rpm records in his grandmother’s attic ignited the flame. He began music on the violin but switched to tuba in the 7th grade, then added the string bass and bass saxophone. The ambitious Giordano joined the musicians union at age 14 and started playing with Dixieland banjo bands around Long Island. He became interested in the music of Bix Beiderbecke and studied with Bill Challis, the legendary arranger for the Paul Whiteman and Jean Goldkette Orchestras. Vince joined the 22-piece Navy Show Band after high school. Then, toured Europe with Eddy Davis, played in New York with Tony Parenti and Max Kaminsky, and toured with Clyde McCoy.
In 1976 Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (originally known as the New Orleans Nighthawks) was formed. His dynamic band has been booked for black tie galas at the New York Public Library, the Waldorf Astoria, the Rainbow Room, and many private events for the patrons of the NY Pops, NYC Opera, NYC Ballet, and countless charitable organizations. Vince has also performed at the Smithsonian, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jazz Festivals around the world. Early appearances with Leon Redbone and A Prairie Home Companion and then lending his musical and acting talents to Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Cotton Club, led to working with Dick Hyman’s Orchestra in half a dozen Woody Allen soundtracks, then acting as a bass player, most notably in Sean Penn’s band in Woody’s Sweet And Lowdown. He and the band have been both onscreen and in the studio for Gus Van Sant’s film Finding Forrester; in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator; and Sam Mendes’ film Revolutionary Road. Other recording projects include soundtracks for Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World; Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages; Robert DeNiro’s film, The Good Shepherd; Sam Mendes’ Away We Go; Michael Mann’s film Public Enemies, along with HBO’s Grey Gardens, and Todd Haynes’ HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce.
Most recently, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have been nominated for a 2012 Grammy for best compilation for visual media for their work on Boardwalk Empire Volume 1 — Music from the HBO Original Series CD. Vince and the Nighthawks have also been on-screen actors in Martin Scorsese’s award-winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire. And on USA network, Royal Pains, Season 3. More than simply a performer, Giordano is a big-band historian and collector with more than 60,000 scores in his collection. In 2011, he was featured in the PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook, in which he reveals his treasures from the Great American Songbook. Turner Classic Movie Film Festival also spotlighted Vince and the Nighthawks at Hollywood’s Music Box, where the band performed a special evening of vintage movie music, in addition to accompany The Cameraman, a Buster Keaton silent film at the Egyptian Theater. This summer you will see them at Music Mountain, and both the Litchfield and the Newport Jazz Festival. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are renowned on the New York scene for their commitment to preserving and authentically presenting 1920s and ‘30s jazz and popular music. Currently, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks can be heard every Monday and Tuesday evenings at Sofia’s Restaurant (downstairs), adjacent to the Edison Hotel at 221 W. 46th Street in the heart of Times Square, NYC.
New York based Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (The Wall Street Journal). Recognized as one of 25 for the Future by DownBeat Magazine, Bria Skonberg has been a force in the new generation with her bold horn melodies and smoky vocals, and adventurous concoctions of classic and new.
Noted as a millennial “shaking up the jazz world,” (Vanity Fair), Bria Skonberg has played festivals and stages the world over, including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and over a hundred more. She recently performed the Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden for an NHL game. Originally from the small town of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Bria studied jazz and performance at Capilano University in Vancouver while balancing a full road schedule with two bands. After graduating, she traveled extensively, performing in China and Japan and throughout Europe. When she wasn’t traveling, Bria was honing her chops with Dal Richards, Vancouver’s King of Swing. Playing BC Place Stadium at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver capped off this exciting period, with Bria featured at the Paralympics opening ceremony for over 50 000 people. Seeking new challenges, Bria moved to New York city in September of 2010. Upon arrival she went to jam with friends in Washington Square Park and an hour into playing world renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis stopped to listen. He
gave her a thumbs up.
In 2012, Bria released So Is The Day (Random Act Records). That collection showcased a developing flair for original songs and new takes on standards with notable players like Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, and Ulysses Owens Jr. and included a duet with John Pizzarelli. So Is The Day received rave reviews from critics; “while tipping a hat to tradition, [So Is The Day] appropriately pushes Bria Skonberg to the forefront of today’s musical talents” (All About Jazz). In 2015, following her second album Into Your Own, Skonberg received the distinguished Jazz At Lincoln Center Swing Award. Further accolades include Best Vocal and Best Trumpet awards from Hot House Jazz Magazine (2014‐15, 2017), Outstanding Jazz Artist from the New York Bistro Awards (2014), DownBeat Rising Star (2013‐17), and a nominee for Jazz Journalists Association Up and Coming Artist (2013).
Bria signed to Sony Music Masterworks’ OKeh Records in 2016 and released her debut LP, Bria, which won a Canadian JUNO award and made the Top 5 on Billboard jazz charts. She collaborated again with producer Matt Pierson, as well as multi‐Grammy winner Gil Goldstein, for her second Sony album, With A Twist, released May 2017. Her music has garnered over 6 million streams online.
She is an avid educator and supporter of public school opportunities, giving numerous workshops and concerts for students of all ages. Bria has been a faculty member at the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Camp (2008‐ present), Centrum Jazz Camp, performs outreach on behalf of Jazz at Lincoln Center and co‐founded the New York Hot Jazz Camp for adults in 2015. She is currently working with the Louis Armstrong House Museum to develop educational activities, and is co‐founder of the New York Hot Jazz Festival.
Critically acclaimed vocalist and songwriter, actor and dancer, Kat Edmonson has played major stages across the United States, Europe, and Japan. She’s appeared in major motion pictures, performed on radio and television, and released four groundbreaking albums to date. Her newest album, Old Fashioned Gal, is out now on Spinnerette Records. Her tour supporting the full-length album continues with major tour stops throughout the U.S.
Of writing Old Fashioned Gal, Edmonson says, “I wrote these songs while holed up in my Brooklyn apartment during the winter of 2016. I had a terrible, reoccurring cold that winter and was often laid up in bed. I’d go back and forth from watching 1930s movies on Turner Classic Movies to working on a song. While writing this album, I realized that I was seeing what looked like scenes from a film in my head — a film not yet made. I ultimately sat down and wrote an entire outline for a screenplay — a musical, of course — with this music, the score. I processed a great deal of self-doubt in order to write this hopeful record. Old Fashioned Gal is about believing in yourself even when it seems no one else will.”
Old Fashioned Gal was entirely written and produced by Edmonson with associate production by band member and drummer Aaron Thurston. It was recorded over several sessions throughout the summer and fall of 2016 at Atomic Sound Studios in Brooklyn with Grammy winning engineer Fernando Lodeiro. This is her third time working with twenty-two-time Grammy-winning engineer Al Schmitt who mixed the record at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.
The album follows Edmonson’s critically acclaimed 2014 release The Big Picture, which debuted #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers, #1 onContemporary Jazz Chart, and #2 on the Total Jazz Chart. NPR First Listen described the record, “She’s a savvy student of ‘60s film soundtracks, jazz-pop stylists and Brill Building songcraft.” Her 2015 performance on CBS This Morning: Saturday garnered the program’s highest rated viewership since 2006. She recently appeared in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society as a 1930s jazz singer and is highlighted on the official soundtrack performing her version of “Mountain Greenery.”
2012’s Way Down Low was described by The New York Times as “fresh as a spring bouquet” while The Boston Globe’s Steve Greenlee heralded it as “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and was featured on several major year-end lists including Downbeat Magazine, WNYC Soundcheck’s “Best Live Performances” and Daytrotter’s “Best Sessions of 2012.” Edmonson was featured on NPR an impressive five times that same year.
Growing up in Houston, Edmonson wrote her first song on a school bus at age nine. The Texas native evolved her signature style in Austin’s local club circuit for several years before self-releasing Take To The Sky in 2009. In the proceeding years, Edmonson toured throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan while also supporting high profile acts including Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Gary Clark, Jr., Jaime Cullum, Shawn Colvin, Smokey Robinson, George Benson, Michael Kiwanuka, Nick Lowe, and Willie Nelson.
DeWitt Fleming Jr is actor, dancer, singer, and drummer extraordinaire!
DeWitt is from Washington DC, where he first began to develop his talents at Duke Ellington School of the arts. After graduating Ellington, DeWitt attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, and graduated with a BA in Acting. He has been performing professionally ever since.
DeWitt, an acclaimed tap dancer, has performed and taught throughout the United States, and abroad. The New York Times proclaims “he is a non stop source of rhythmic variety and surprise … sparks seem to fly from those shoes!” DeWitt has danced as a soloist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and with artist such as Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Marvin Hamlisch, Christian McBride, Bobby Sanabria, and Wycliffe Gordon, among others. In New York City, he has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Harlem School of the Arts, Queens College, and various dance institutions. He has also taught at various festivals/workshops and institutions throughout the world including the renowned dance conservatory at Limerick College in Ireland.
DeWitt is also a choreographer. His choreography currently can be seen on Boardwalk Empire Season 4 (HBO), and in the performance “A Night of Song and Dance with DeWitt Fleming Jr and Jared Grimes” which he also wrote. DeWitt has choreographed for An Evening with Phyllis Hyman (Off Bway), Signature Theater’s Jelly’s Last Jam (Assistant Choreographer), Signature Theater’s Scottsboro Boys (Assistant Choreographer), Signature Theater’s Aint Misbehavin’ (Assistant Choreographer), NYU’s Grad School Production of “1/13/94,” The New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Harlem School of the Arts, and the New York City Centers Fall for Dance to name a few. Some notable places his choreography has been seen are The Aspen Jazz Festival, at Lincoln Center with JALC, NJPAC with The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and at the Spoleto festival in North Carolina.
DeWitt has also been Host/MC for many events around New York. He Hosted/MC’d in venues such as NYC Summerstage, Symphony Space, BB Kings Times Square, and various pop up outdoor events throughout the city. He has worked with companies such as Nike, LG, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Crown Royal, New Balance, Toyota, and many more.
Creator of the “Gramophone DJ” concept, Phonograph DJ MAC provides two 1905 disc phonographs and plays 78’s circa 1900 – 1929 for an engaging musical experience. A unique entertainment alternative, the music ranges from ragtime to dance bands, instrumentalists to songsters. Visually fascinating and very entertaining, the presentation creates a wonderful atmospheric ambiance. Not only suitable for vintage themed events as MAC will thrill your ears and eyes. As host of WFMU Radio’s Antique Phonograph Music Program since 1995, MAC is a leading expert on this period of culture and music. Accept no imitations!
Gaby is national-award winning dancer who is praised for her dynamic style and choreographic ingenuity. In her 10 years+ of professional experience, she has appeared on stages around the world, and has garnered various film and television credits. In addition, she is also lead choreographer for Gatsby Entertainment NYC, a entertainment production house, specializing in Great Gatsby theme. With a solid foundation of studio dance training, she has developed a unique style in lindy hop. She blends the raw, athletic power of lindy hop, with the grace and refinement of the movie musical-era. She brings great care to lines, shapes and balance in her personal performance, as well as her choreographic work. In New York, she is a cast member In the classroom, she shares her knowledge of the dance with a cheerful disposition, and clear straight-forward instruction. She is passionate about lindy hop traditions and works to share the joy of swing with new audiences.
Nathan Bugh presents a unique, rhythmic style of jazz dance in performance and in workshops worldwide. He “rocked the stage” at Carnegie Hall, dancing Lindy Hop with the New York Pops Orchestra; he performed in Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater in Swingin’ Frankie’s Way; and he danced in the Vanaver Caravan’s Earth Beat, at Jacob’s Pillow. Nathan brought the 20’s to life in the Great Gatsby episode of My Fair Wedding. And he appeared on FoxNC’s Fox and Friends Christmas. He is a principle dancer in the feature film, Rebel In The Rye. He has also danced in several music videos, including the Weepies, Be My Honey Pie. As a national competitor, Nathan has taken 1st place in Lindy, Slow Dancing, Solo Charleston, Team, Jill&Jack, and Cabaret divisions. He is one of the most eminent solo-jazz contestants in the world, having won both the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (2012) and International Lindy Hop Championships (2014). He is also the director and choreographer of “Yeah Man,” the 2015 ILHC Team champions. Nathan is based in New York City, where he performs regularly and teaches social-dance classes.