While touring, Mr. Giordano scours antique stores and old theaters. He searches trade publications and local newspapers for sheet music sales and looks up retired bandleaders and contacts relatives of recently deceased musicians. His home is packed with old instruments and memorabilia and thousands of rolls for his player piano. The other day, he dropped a Victrola needle onto a scratchy 78 r.p.m. record of “Yes, We Have No Bananas” in Yiddish.
From Corey Kilgannon's piece in the New York Times (November 27, 2009) on Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, who play big band music on Monday evenings at the Cafe Cache in the basement of the Edison Hotel in midtown Manhattan.