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The Black Italians

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Four More Years with the Basic Cable Band

It was reported today that 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 Jimmy and the Basic Cable Band for at least four more years. The band includes Jimmy on guitar, Scott Healy on Keyboards, Mike Merritt on Bass, James Wormworth on drums and a horn section featuring brother Jerry Vivino, Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg and Mark Pender.


The Fab Faux plays 'The TV Performances'

Jimmy and the fabulous Fab Faux played at Queens College, NY on March 8th. 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

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


The Black Italians on Conan

Jimmy Vivino & the Black Italians appeared on the Conan show on January 28th. From our friends at Blind Pig Records: "Jimmy Vivino and the Black Italians put on a spirited, soulful performance of Bob Dylan's “Maggie's Farm” during their appearance on Conan this week. The band's unique version of the song is featured on their recent Blind Pig release entitled 13 Live. The Black Italians lineup on the TV show included outstanding vocalist Catherine Russell, harmonica great Felix Cabrera, and special guest guitarist Leo Nocentelli of The Meters."

Watch the great video above of the band performing Dylan's “Maggie's Farm.”

Prior to the broadcast, in a nod to Nocentelli's Louisiana background, the band also performed “Fire On The Bayou” (a track which does not appear on the CD), with some first-rate guitar playing by Leo and Jimmy. Click the link below to watch this great video exclusive from Team Coco.

The Black Italians

Click on the image above for an exclusive performance by the band of “Fire On The Bayou” from Team Coco (off-site).

The Black Italians page at Blind Pig Records


BUY the CD here plus lots of information about this great band.

The Black Italians Record a Live Album

Jimmy Vivino & the Black Italians got together for the first time in several years to record a live album at Levon Helm Studios for Blind Pig Records, which will be released on May 7, 2013.

The Black Italians

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The Black Italians

Click on the image above for photos from the show.

The Black Italians

Click on the image above for a REVIEW and VIDEOS from the show.

Another great "Black Italians" video.


Mike Bloomfield

Anyone who knows Jimmy's music knows that he is very influenced by Mike Bloomfield. There's a new Bloomfield boxed set getting released this week that was produced by Al Kooper, "From His Head to His Heart to His Hands" which contains three CDs of Bloomfield's music and a DVD containing a documentary about Bloomfield.

Bloomfield Box

John Schaefer's WNYC-FM show, "Soundcheck" had a feature tonight (Feb 6th) about Bloomfield with Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke, who calls Bloomfield "rock's greatest forgotten guitar hero." Jimmy (and Al Kooper) are both mentioned in the show.

Click here for the Soundcheck show.

Click here for David Fricke's Rolling Stone article and his live Bloomfield playlist.


The Prisoners of 2nd Avenue

PO2A got together for a great night at B.B. King's on November 30th, 2013 with guests Paul Shaffer, Elaine Caswell and Felix Cabrera. Click for photos and setlist (off-site).

Jimmy

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Rumble & Twang

Jimmy played with Al Kooper, Lee Rocker, Anton Fig, Robert Gordon and the Reverend Horton Heat. Click for photos from Tony Ferrari.

rumble and twang

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The Music of the Band

Jimmy got together with Garth Hudson, Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante, Byron Issacs and special guest Sister Maud Hudson and Amy Helm at the Tarrytown Music Hall on April 19, 2013 for a night of incredibly great and soulful music in a beautiful venue.

Songs of The Band

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The Mint

Here's some photos from February of 2013 shot by photographer Jim Steinfeldt. That guy at the keyboards is the Electric Flag's Barry Goldberg. (Photos Copyright © 2013 by Jim Steinfeldt. All rights reserved.)

Jimmy Jimmy

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The New Rekooperators

The third iteration of the Rekooperators, now known as "The New Rekooperators," got together for for shows at the Iridium in August. Jimmy, Al Kooper and new members Jessie Williams and Mark Teixeira put on a great show of Rekooperator, Supersession, Dylan and The Band classics.

The New Rekooperators

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Jimmy does Butterfield

For three nights in July, Jimmy performed with Gabriel Butterfield, the late Paul Butterfield's son, in a tribute to the man who brought Chicago blues to an entire generation of hippies.

Gabriel Butterfield is in the process of putting together a documentary about his father and a 25-minute preview was shown before the concert. In addition, there's a push to get Butterfield into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I've been saying for years that both Butterfield and Bloomfield belong in the HOF.

Jimmy & Gabriel Butterfield

Click on the image above for photos from the show.



Click on the image below for a review from Elmore Magazine.

Butterfield

Jimmy Video Montage

Here's a montage of Jimmy performing with Felix Cabrera at the Turning Point in Piermont, NY. Thanks to Geremy Dubensky for the video. He has a website at Capture the Streets

Jimmy & Felix

Jimmy played again with Felix Cabrera at the Port Washington Polish Hall on Friday, March 23, 2011.
This was a great night of blues, rock 'n' roll, and r&b.

Cabrera

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Prisoners of 2nd Avenue

Jimmy, John Conte and Rich Pagano played at the Hiro Ballroom on January 20th with special guest Catherine Russell.

Prisoners

Great Jimmy video interview

Here's a great interview from YouTube put together by Gibson Guitar. Jimmy talks about Mike Bloomfield, finding his own sound, the Fab Faux and his role on the Conan show(Posted 1/22/2012)

Jimmy and his Fender

Here's another great interview from YouTube with Jimmy talking about his Fender guitar (Posted 1/22/2012)

The Prisoners of 2nd Avenue at the HIRO Ballroom

The Prisoners of 2nd Avenue (Jimmy, Rich Pagano and John Conte) played an absolutely fabulous show tonight at the HIRO Ballroom. The fantastic Catherine Russell contributed guest vocals. Photos and more soon. But in the meantime, here's a YouTube video posted by Marc Millman of the band with guest vocalist Catherine Russell singing "Gimmie Shelter". (Posted 1/20/2012, video added 1/22/2012)

Jimmy & Felix

Jimmy played with Felix Cabrera at the Port Washington Polish Hall on Friday, December 2, 2011.
We were back in the 1950s and early 1960s and the joint was jumpin'! Great place if only because there's a dance floor.

Cabrera

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Father & Sons

Jimmy played at MexiCali Blues in Teaneck, on Friday, August 19th with John Sebastian, the legendary Hubert Sumlin and a great cast of other musicians.
Terrific club and an amazing show.

Update: Just added Kay Cordtz's great review of the show.

Sumlin

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The Prisoners of 2nd Avenue at B.B. King's (NYC) on August 5, 2011

Jimmy, Rich Pagano and John Conte got together again on August 5 at B.B. King's NYC. Click on the photo for lots more.

Prisoners

Is Jimmy going into Retail?

Seen in Forest Hills, NY

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Jimmy Vivino with the Les Paul Trio at Iridium on April 25th

Photographer Salvatore Corso contributed these photos of Jimmy playing with the Les Paul Trio featuring guest Gene Cornish (of The Rascals) and other guests.


The Les Paul Trio

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The Prisoners of 2nd Avenue

Jimmy, Rich Pagano and John Conte got together on April 1 and 2 at the Bowery Electric. Here's photos from the April 1 gig. Click on the photo for lots more.

Prisoners


...and here's one from our friend Tony Ferrari:

Prisoners

Jimmy and Felix

The frequent-flyer miles king Jimmy Vivino came to New York on March 25th to play a killer set with Felix Cabrera at the beautiful Port Washington Public Library.

jimmy & felix

Click on the photo to see more great images from this reference show in how to play the blues.

Jimmy with Felix Cabrera on Nov. 19, 2010

Jimmy played with Felix Cabrera at The Turning Point.

Jimmy

Thanks to photographer Bernard Ente for this great moody shot of Jimmy from that show.

Jimmy with the Fab Faux at Queens College on Nov. 6 2010

After playing at Radio City Music Hall in September, the Faux returned to NYC to play their annual stint at Colden Auditorium at Queens College.

Fab Faux

For more photos of the show and a setlist, click here for the Fab Faux at Queens College page.

Conan's Twitter Feed

Jimmy interview!!

Here's a great interview with Jimmy written by Christian Schaeffer of the (St. Louis) Riverfront Times.

Jimmy talks about Johnnie Johnson, Chuck Berry and the band for the new Conan show.

And here's a review of the September 19th benefit for Johnnie Be Good: the Movie.

A Twitter experiment...

Well, Twitter seems to have changed their gadgets so that you can't search multiple things at the same time anymore. But here's aTwitter feed about Jimmy.
Note that there's a separate feed for the Fab Faux on the Fab Faux page.

Jimmy with Hubert Sumlin

Jimmy played with Hubert Sumlin on a "Rockin' the River" cruise during a beautiful New York summer night on August 19th. Thanks to photographer Frank Beacham for the photo.

Jimmy with Sumlin

Jimmy returns to New York again to play with Felix Cabrera

Jimmy played with Felix Cabrera on June 25th at the Turning Point in Piedmont, New York. Here's another fine photo taken by pro Bernard Ente, a frequent contributor to this site. We see Jimmy in a comtemplative mood.

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Jimmy and the Fab Faux performing Abbey Road live!

This is a really high-quality video of the Fab Faux performing most of side 2 (of the LP) of Abbey Road for the Howard Stern show at Sirius studios.

There are no overdubs whatsoever in this incredible performance. Each song was recorded in one to three takes. Only three minor guitar fixes were made. The videography and the sound mix is quite intimate and really gets you "in close" with the Faux.

Credits: Mix: Joe Chinnici; Video Director/Editor: Robert Noonan; Ass't Videographer: Luke Noonan.

The Fab Faux - Abbey Road Side 2 (mostly) from The Fab Faux on Vimeo.



Jimmy’s Upcoming Gigs


Abbey Road + a mixed set of Beatle favorites

The Fab Faux

w/ the Hogshead Horns and the Crème Tangerine Strings

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 8pm

Valley Performing Arts Center - California State University

$25, $40, $60, $75, $120

Web Info

Mike Bloomfield Tribute

The Rekooperators: Al Kooper, Jimmy Vivino, Jessie Williams, Mark Texiera

The Barnburners: Jimmy Vivino - Jim Weider - Randy Ciarlante - Byron Isaacs - Brian Mitchell - Felix Cabrera

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Midnight Ramble @ Levon Helm Studios - Woodstock, NY

Will also present the Mike Bloomfield documentary: "Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield

Gates 5:30, Doors 6pm, Movie 6:30-7:30pm, Show 8pm to midnight

Web Info

King Biscuit Blues Festival

Jimmy Vivino & the Black Italians

(many other acts throught the festival)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

King Biscuit Blues Festival - Helena, AR

The festival is from Oct 8-11. Jimmy and the band are headlining the festival and will be appearing Saturday night.

Early-bird pricing: $30 per day, $45 for 3-days. Paid tickets are for entrance to the main stage gated area. The other three stages are free.

Web Info

Lennon vs. McCartney: The World's Heavyweight Songwriting Championship!

The Fab Faux

w/ the Hogshead Horns and the Crème Tangerine Strings

The Fab Faux

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 8pm

The Beacon Theatre - 2124 Broadway - NYC

$49.50, $69.50, $135 + fees. ($135 ticket buyers entitled to post-show meet and greet with the band)

Web Info

A mixed set of Beatle favorites

The Fab Faux

w/ the Hogshead Horns and the Crème Tangerine Strings

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 8pm

Revel Ovation Hall - 500 Boardwalk - Atlantic City, NJ

$30, $55, $69, $90 + $11.75 fee per ticket

Web Info

"Sgt. Pepper" + mixed set

The Fab Faux

w/ the Hogshead Horns and the Crème Tangerine Strings

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8pm

The Klein Auditorium - 910 Fairfield Avenue - Bridgeport, CT

$45, $55, $65, $75, $95

Web Info

"The White Album" in its entirety

The Fab Faux

w/ the Hogshead Horns and the Crème Tangerine Strings, Jim Boggia & Erin Hill

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8pm

The Chicago Theatre - 175 N. State Street

$25 to $125

Web Info

The "White Album" in its entirety

The Fab Faux

w/ the Hogshead Horns and the Crème Tangerine Strings

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 8pm

The State Theatre - 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

$45, $55, $75, $95, $125. See site for special packages

Web Info

"Still Looking Back" 10th Anniversary Show:
Return to the Fillmore East

Prisoners of 2nd Avenue:

Jimmy Vivino - John Conte - Rich Pagano

PO2A

Saturday, November 29, 2014 7PM

Le Poisson Rouge (formerly The Village Gate) - 158 Bleecker St - NYC

$40, $55 VIP, $70 Patinum VIP

Web Info

A mixed set of favorites...

The Fab Faux

w/ the Hogshead Horns and the Crème Tangerine Strings

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 8pm

The Grand Opera House - 818 N. Market Street - Wilmington, DE

38th Annual Grand Gala to benefit Arts Eduction at The Grand.

Ticket order form

"Rubber Soul" + mixed set of favorites...

The Fab Faux

w/ the Crème Tangerine Strings

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 8pm

The Parker Playhouse - 707 NE 8th Street - Fort Lauderdale Strings

$42.93 to $95.93. VIP (includes meet & greet) $128.79

Web info

Also see the Gigs Around Town page for more gig listings.

Jimmy back in New York yet again with Felix Cabrera

Jimmy played with Felix Cabrera on April 3, 2010 at the Turning Point in Piedmont, New York. Here's a really wonderful shot of a very happy-looking Jimmy taken by pro Bernard Ente, a frequent contributor to this site. (And let me tell you, it's almost impossible to take a decent picture at the Turning Point.)

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Al Kooper at B.B. Kings Feb 5

Al played February 5th at B.B. King's performing some solo numbers, with the Danny Kalb Trio, with singer Kristina Train (accompanied by Fab Faux member Jack Petruzelli), with the Prisoners of 2nd Avenue and with the Funky Faculty. Whew!! Here's some photos by Bernard Ente (Click for larger versions).

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Al

More photos are posted on Al Kooper's 66th Birthday Celebration page.

Jimmy Back in New York for Christmas

Jimmy played with Felix Cabrera at the Turning Point in Piedmont, NY on December 26th. Here's a great shot of Jimmy taken by photographer Bernard Ente during the sound check.

Jimmy

(posted 1/02/2010)

Jimmy featured on new CD

Jimmy is featured on Felix Cabrera's new CD, "Live at the Turning Point". This CD was recorded at the Turning Point Cafe in Piermont, New York on June 1, 2007 and features ten great live tracks. Playing with Jimmy and Felix is Eddy Bishai, Phil Butler and Bill Schroeder (posted 9/11/2009)


Art Holiday’s documentary on Johnnie Johnson progressing

As reported here some time ago, Art Holiday is producing a documentary on the great Johnny Johnson, the man who discovered Chuck Berry and is one of the largely uncredited founding fathers of rock and roll.

Art reports that he’s completed interviews with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, the late Bo Diddley, Taylor Hackford, Bruce Hornsby, Buddy Guy, Paul Shaffer, Al Kooper, John Sebastian, Johnny Rivers, Dr. John, Chuck Leavell, Steve Jordan, Joe Perry, Eddie Money, Lou Gossett, Malcolm McDowell, Ian McLagan and of course, Jimmy Vivino.

Jimmy

Jimmy says the following about Johnnie: "It’s just how Johnnie can play around the lead or the lead guitar or whatever’s going on. The spots he finds, man. It’s like a pitcher that find the corner of that plate, man. Not just throwing it down the middle, he finds, he gets that corner and gets your attention right away. It’s something I’m afraid I’ll never experience again with another piano player."

Jimmy

Here's the great 1995 CD that Jimmy produced for Johnnie (along with performers Mike Merritt, James Wormworth and guests Phoebe Snow, Max Weinberg, Jerry Vivino, Buddy Guy, Al Kooper, John Sebastian, Bobb Jay and Steve Jordan.) Unfortunately, it's been discontinued, but if you search around, you can probably find a copy. It's worth searching for...it's a great record.

More information on the movie can be found here: Johnnie Be Good, The Movie site (posted 9/11/2009)


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