1. Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks' 1920-30s jazz transports audiences to the Prohibition era in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Fresh Air spoke to bandleader Vince Giordano about specializing in a style of music from nearly a century ago:

"What we’re hearing is almost like a unique language that is not spoken that much anymore because of the way these musicians in those years phrased [music]. It was very exciting. It was very on top of the beat. It was very melodic and, for lack of better words, a lot of fun."



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    Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks' 1920-30s jazz transports audiences to the Prohibition era in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Fresh Air spoke to bandleader Vince Giordano about specializing in a style of music from nearly a century ago:

    "What we’re hearing is almost like a unique language that is not spoken that much anymore because of the way these musicians in those years phrased [music]. It was very exciting. It was very on top of the beat. It was very melodic and, for lack of better words, a lot of fun."

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  1. Vince Giordano's band The Nighthawks do a lot of the music for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. On today’s Fresh Air Giordano explains what makes big band jazz different from the jazz we know today:

What we’re hearing is almost like a unique language that is not spoken that much anymore because of the way these musicians in those years phrased [music]. It was very exciting. It was very on top of the beat.  [At that time] there was a limit to what you could do in jazz, mainly because jazz was right at the beginning and it was very melodic and for lack of better words, a lot of fun.


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    Vince Giordano's band The Nighthawks do a lot of the music for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. On today’s Fresh Air Giordano explains what makes big band jazz different from the jazz we know today:

    What we’re hearing is almost like a unique language that is not spoken that much anymore because of the way these musicians in those years phrased [music]. It was very exciting. It was very on top of the beat.  [At that time] there was a limit to what you could do in jazz, mainly because jazz was right at the beginning and it was very melodic and for lack of better words, a lot of fun.

    Photo of Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks via NYT

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    Today’s interview with 1920s big band jazz musician Vince Giordano is like time traveling to an exuberant flapper party.
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks do music for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire set in Prohibition era Atlantic City. Giordano also did music for the Martin Scorsese film The Aviator.

    Today’s interview with 1920s big band jazz musician Vince Giordano is like time traveling to an exuberant flapper party.

    Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks do music for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire set in Prohibition era Atlantic City. Giordano also did music for the Martin Scorsese film The Aviator.

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  1. Vince Giordano and his band The Nighthawks play 1920s and ’30s big band jazz for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Tomorrow Giordano joins us to talk about how he fell in love with this era of jazz.

    So go grab your flapper dress or fedora. It’s hard not to bounce in your seat listening to this stuff.

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  1. Bobby Cannavale, stage and film actor is known for his role as Gyp Rosetti on Boardwalk Empire, and most recently, in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. He joins us tomorrow to discuss his acting career and working on a period piece, Boardwalk Empire, which takes place in the 20s and 30s:

Everyday felt like I was coming to work in a theme park because everything around you — every stitch of clothing I wore — was handmade with vintage fabric from the time, and every prop is from its time. The lighters are very difficult to work and the cars, and, you know, they spare no expense. So it’s not like you see the same car driving back and forth in the background — there’s 30 cars. Packards and Model Ts. … So it definitely makes it a very immersive experience, [and it’s] easier to work when you’re surrounded by it all like that.
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    Bobby Cannavale, stage and film actor is known for his role as Gyp Rosetti on Boardwalk Empire, and most recently, in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. He joins us tomorrow to discuss his acting career and working on a period piece, Boardwalk Empire, which takes place in the 20s and 30s:

    Everyday felt like I was coming to work in a theme park because everything around you — every stitch of clothing I wore — was handmade with vintage fabric from the time, and every prop is from its time. The lighters are very difficult to work and the cars, and, you know, they spare no expense. So it’s not like you see the same car driving back and forth in the background — there’s 30 cars. Packards and Model Ts. … So it definitely makes it a very immersive experience, [and it’s] easier to work when you’re surrounded by it all like that.

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  1. 
I don’t generally get to play the stronger characters…I get very lovely parts, but they’re quite quiet and thoughtful and watchful — and that’s all well and good, but I’ve been enjoying getting my teeth into something else.

- Kelly Macdonald on her role as Margaret Thompson, the innocent young Irish widow who becomes the capable, self-possessed wife of a corrupt politician in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire View in High-Res

    I don’t generally get to play the stronger characters…I get very lovely parts, but they’re quite quiet and thoughtful and watchful — and that’s all well and good, but I’ve been enjoying getting my teeth into something else.

    - Kelly Macdonald on her role as Margaret Thompson, the innocent young Irish widow who becomes the capable, self-possessed wife of a corrupt politician in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire

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  1. On today’s Fresh Air, actor Michael Shannon: "I think inside of Van Alden is a child — that arrested child — that never really got to develop its own identity. I think as much as he believes that he’s operating from these deeply held beliefs, he’s actually in a way very hollow." View in High-Res

    On today’s Fresh Air, actor Michael Shannon"I think inside of Van Alden is a child — that arrested child — that never really got to develop its own identity. I think as much as he believes that he’s operating from these deeply held beliefs, he’s actually in a way very hollow."

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  1. Our guest Monday: Michael Shannon

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  1. Boardwalk Empire's creator Terence Winter explains why he fell in love with Steve Buscemi’s character Nucky Thompson — and why he continually returns to New Jersey’s gangsters for inspiration. (He also wrote/co-wrote 25 episodes of The Sopranos)

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  1. Fresh Air TV Critic David Bianculli’s take on the new HBO series Boardwalk Empire: Boardwalk Empire,without question, is better than any new  series the broadcast networks are serving up this fall. It’s the only  new show worth adding to your weekly must-see list — and with its visual  majesty and period music, it’s like nothing else on TV this year.  Unlike most things in Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire is a very  good bet. (Photo: HBO) View in High-Res

    Fresh Air TV Critic David Bianculli’s take on the new HBO series Boardwalk Empire: Boardwalk Empire,without question, is better than any new series the broadcast networks are serving up this fall. It’s the only new show worth adding to your weekly must-see list — and with its visual majesty and period music, it’s like nothing else on TV this year. Unlike most things in Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire is a very good bet. (Photo: HBO)

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