The Jerry Vivino Quartet will headline this year’s Clayton Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:30PM at the Clayton Opera House. Jerry Vivino is best known for playing in the Max Weinberg band on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
In 1989 Jerry was asked if he would play on a record with a relatively unknown band called Killer Joe. It was started by Joe Delia and Max Weinberg, who decided to contact a few session musicians in the NY area to form the group – this is how Max Weinberg got to know Jerry.
In 1993, Max was asked if he would put together a band for a late night talk show, he contacted Jerry. Jerry and his brother Jimmy were both playing with Donald Fagen of Steely Dan at the time but Jerry agreed to the audition. He has been with Conan O’Brien ever since. But, besides the years he has spent working with Max Weinberg, you certainly have heard him play – even if you didn’t know it. Featured on countless recordings, TV commercials and movie soundtracks, Jerry’s resume reads like a Who’s Who In Entertainment. Jerry has played with Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Son Seals, Paul Shaffer, Frankie Valli, Al Kooper, Dion, James Brown, Phoebe Snow, Donald Fagen, Dr. John, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis and the legendary Keely Smith, to name just a few.
Based in New York City, Larry Fuller is one of the premier mainstream jazz pianists living today. Fuller was the last pianist with legendary bassist Ray Brown’s Trio, member of Jeff Hamilton’s Trio, and John Pizzarelli’s Quartet. Since 2013 – harnessing his unique bandstand collaborations with the giants – Fuller has led the Larry Fuller Trio, generating hard-swinging, emotive and versatile performances that his audiences love.
Drummer Jordan Young has spanned the globe performing, recording with and producing with Grammy Award winning artists, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members and multitude of internationally acclaimed musicians. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he graduated from the Jazz Studies Program at University of Michigan and began playing with such legends as Donald Walden, Marcus Belgrave, Teddy Harris, Jr., James Carter, and Rodney Whitaker. Young now calls New York City home and is a member of prestigious Juilliard Artist jazz ensemble. He maintains an active private teaching studio in Brooklyn, NY, and continues to travel the world as a bandleader and sideman. He is also a proud endorser of Canopus drums.
Martin Pizzarelli is a jazz double-bassist who is best known for his work with his brother John Pizzarelli, appearing on many of his albums in a swing trio that includes pianists Ray Kennedy and Larry Fuller. He has recorded one album as bandleader for Victoria Records with Kennedy and his father, legendary swing guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. He has also appeared on all albums released by John’s wife, Jessica Molaskey
Tickets for Saturday night’s concert may be purchased online at claytonoperahouse.com or by calling 315-686-2200.