It’s going to be freezing cold on Friday, but the jazz will be white hot at Flushing Town Hall. Plus, the venue – replete with flappers, a romantic crooner, and some top-notch jitterbuggers – will melt hearts.

Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks will animate a Swing Dance Party in the 308-seat, landmarked concert space on Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.

Giordano, a multi-instrumentalist who has been in the entertainment business for five decades, and the ensemble are known for transforming audiences to the 1920s and 1930s with their specialty songs. So those present might get to tune in on “That Lady is a Tramp” or “Jeepers Creepers.” Or maybe they’ll get giddy to “I’ve Only Got Eyes for You,” “Moonlight Serenade” or “Cheek to Cheek.”

Don’t worry, there will be an open space in front of the stage for attendees to dance and sway.

Expect the front man to be dressed to the nines with a tuxedo, shiny shoes, perfectly coiffed hair, and a clean-shaven face. The other musicians will be equally spiffy. Don’t be surprised if they show up in matching, double-breasted tuxedos, wide ties with matching pocket handkerchiefs, and pleated trousers. Fedoras are always an option.

Tickets are $20 and $25, but teenagers can attend for free as part of Flushing Town Hall’s long-running effort to promote the arts to youths.

Giordano’s passion for 1920s music exploded after discovering 78 rpm records and a wind-up Victrola phonograph at his grandparents’ Brooklyn house when he was five years old. (This was the 1950s.) But he always demonstrated a keen interest in all aspects of the genre, and over the following years, he tracked down many of the musicians to interview them so he could create as authentic a sound and experience as possible.

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, which formed as the New Orleans Nighthawks in 1976, was the house band for “Boardwalk Empire,” the HBO crime drama series about Prohibition Era gangsters in New Jersey’s Atlantic City. The band has also appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Cotton Club,” Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” and Woody Allen’s “Café Society.” Then there are the steady gigs at Manhattan nightclubs such as Iguana, Birdland, and Jazz at Lincoln Center along with multi-day annual events like the Newport International Jazz Festival.

The Nighthawks consist of Andy Stein (Violin, Baritone Sax), Michael Ponella and Jon-Erik Kellso (Trumpet), Harvey Tibbs (Trombone), Evan Arntzen (Alto Sax, Clarinet, Soprano Sax), Mark Lopeman (Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Soprano Sax), Dan Levinson (Alto Sax, Clarinet, Soprano Sax), Peter Yarin (Piano), Arnt Arntzen (Banjo, Guitar), and Paul Wells (Percussion). Giordano sings, but he also takes care of String Bass, Bass Sax, and Tuba.

Flushing Town Hall is at 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Top image: Michael Lenic; bottom image: Katie Settel


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