Can I sing? No.
Can I play an instrument? No.
Do I have an incredible ear and passion for music? YES and YES!
talent by having it be received by people that, “Get it!”
Two incredible bands:
The Fab Faux and Prisoners of Second Avenue, (formerly known as, Steaks and Chops).
When I shoot the performances they are of course a lot of fun.
You capture the thrill, the vibe and the energy of the night.
It is surreal when you can witness that fleeting second, when the musician, music and audience connect. Instantaneously, I know when it happens. My biggest reward is when I get to share it with them after the fact. Typically they don’t even recall that moment or if by chance they do, they relive it briefly once again through the image.
For me, it is when you can really see people at their purest, most vulnerable and certainly most beautiful.
They are real.
Her name is Lucy.
Here is an excerpt from Jimmy’s “Lucy” story:
We go through painstaking details to learn each note and nuance of The Beatles' recordings ... No wigs, suits, accents or fake noses in this band.
Does the philharmonic play mozart while dressed in a powdered wig? Of course not!
We are only concerned with great musicianship and a love for bringing the records to the stage. The soundtrack of our lives.
PO2A is a band designed to jam and push the envelope in improvisation much like Hendrix, Cream, Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield, (personal favorite and hero) Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Leslie West, Stevie Winwood, etc.
We want to combine all music forms into one happening event like Bill Graham’s vision at the Fillmore East. He would open up with Jazz, then move into Blues to finally close out the night with Rock.
In this case, all of us like-minded in spirit and musical taste (Rich Pagano, John Conte and Paul Shaffer).”
Good is good, but great is great!
Empty adjective? Nope!
Sometimes a simple word, (great) packs a punch.
Simply said and I believe the essence of both bands.
Jimmy Vivino, (Music Director/Band Leader for Conan O'Brien and long time music partner of Levon Helm, John Sebastian, Al Kooper and Laura Nyro), Will Lee, (bassist for Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra on the Late Show With David Letterman and who's played with all 4 Beatles), Rich Pagano, (lead-singing drummer/producer, working with Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith, Ray Davies and more), Frank Agnello, (guitarist and working with the likes of Marshall Crenshaw and Phoebe Snow, and ace keyboardist/guitarist Jack Petruzzelli (Rufus Wainwright, Patti Smith, Joan Osborne Band, etc.).
Rounding out this group with Jimmy and Rich, the incomparable John Conte on bass, (Southside Johnny, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Rosanne Cash..the list goes on and on!) with special guest appearances by none other than, Paul Schaffer, Rosanne Cash, Al Kooper, GE Smith, Leslie West, Warren Haynes, Will Lee, David Johansen and Levon Helm
Felix Cabrera, LuLu, Elaine Caswell, among others.
The Fab Faux at the City Winery in New York City from December 27-30. The band will play a different classic Beatles album each night, along with a selection of other tunes.http://www.thefabfaux.com