by Bill Leikam
Jerry Vivino and the LA/NY Jazz TrioDouglas Beach HouseHalf Moon Bay, CaliforniaJune 9, 2013Three top-flight jazz musicians--saxophonist/flautist Jerry Vivino (soprano, tenor, and baritone), the ever-inspiring pianist Mitchel Forman and stand-up bassist Kevin Axt (touted as being Los Angeles' busiest bassist)--presented themselves on a breezy, sunny afternoon at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, aka the Douglas Beach House. As these three jazz musicians took the stage, they carried with them deep histories and experiences, having ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
Multi-reed player Jerry Vivino should be a familiar face to many due to his long-term membership in the Max Weinberg 7, the band that provides the music for Late Night with Conan O'Brien five days a week on NBC. Most of his partners on this new album are connected with the Max Weinberg group or the Saturday Night Live band. Vivino has been a busy studio musician for years and has co-led the Vivino Brothers Band with his brother Jimmy ...read more
by Edward Blanco
New York-based multi-instrumentalist Jerry Vivino, a session player and member of the Max Weinberg 7 house band on the Conan O'Brien late night TV show for the past thirteen years, gives us an offering of an entertaining blend of straight-ahead jazz, bebop and other styles on Walkin' with the Wazmo. On this diverse selection of eight originals and three covers, Vivino works with fourteen fellow New York session musicians, who play on different tracks. Among them are trumpeter Lew Solof, ...read more
by Jim Santella
Jerry Vivino has put together a fine straight-ahead session that also includes New Orleans funk, Latin jazz, bossa nova and highly creative improvised romps in several other styles.
Vivino's thirteen years with the Max Weinberg 7 in support of Conan O'Brien's late night television show has helped to convince him that variety works. Working in and around New York since he was a teenager, Vivino has learned how to communicate on many levels. After an appearance on the ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Jerry Vivino wants to have fun.
The multi-instrumentalist has played with the pop likes of Bruce Springsteen, Mark Anthony, Ricky Martin, the Max Weinberg 7, and Bette Midler. He has also appeared several movie soundtracks as well as his own recordings. So, how does a bright-lights kind of saxophonist play jazz?
Over the top, or course.
It takes balls the size of boulders to combine Sonny Rollins’ Doxy" with the Rooftop Singers’ Walk Right In" straight out of ...read more