"But left to his own devices, he indeed has “something to say” in the jazz world. And he speaks right up, in throaty, relaxed tones shaped by jazz and blues tenors of the last 75 years. That’s the sound listeners readily associate with Vivino meat-and-potatoes tenor, with some Italian red sauce mixed in. But on Back East, that’s not the main course; Vivino focuses here on the flute, an instrument he plays with equal or greater distinction.” (from the liner notes)
- Neil Tesser
Jerry Vivino’s history contains a “who’s who” list of artists with whom he has performed or recorded with. Bruce Springsteen, Stanley Clark, Bette Midler, Tony Bennett, Frankie Valli, Dr. John, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Keely Smith, Michael Jackson, Son Seals, Hubert Sumlin, Paul Shaffer, Al Kooper, Dion, Levon Helm, Phoebe Snow, Donald Fagen, Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis and Slash to name a few. For the past 2 decades Jerry has been a featured member of the house band for T.V. talk show host Conan O’Brien. To date the show airs on TBS and is led by Jerry’s guitar playing brother Jimmy Vivino. Coast to coast Jerry has been a respected and sought after musician working on everything from Broadway pits to movie, jingle and record dates.
While the Conan Show schedule keeps Jerry busy he still finds time to work regularly with his own jazz groups at national jazz venues and with other artist’s creative endeavors. One example is The David Letterman Show’s long time bassist Will Lee’s Beatles music project, Fab Faux. And he finds time to get “Back East” to NYC to work with many of his pure jazz musician friends with the latter leading to the opportunity to create this CD. Jerry’s friend, engineer Tommy Tedesco, suggested that he come and record at Tommy’s studio in New Jersey where many jazz greats have recorded. Jerry thought this was a great idea and in his own words “This cd is about going home in more ways than one. The love of my friends, family and the chance to make music with a back east vibe!”
The CD features three of the finest New York City jazz musicians in the business, Brian Charette organ, Bob DeVos guitar and Andy Sanesi - drums and percussion. The music has that classic jazz organ trio vibe with Jerry playing both sax and flute with more emphasis on the flute paying homage to many of the jazz flute greats that influenced Jerry.