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Johnny & Jimmy - John Sebastian & Jimmy Vivino - 9/14
at City Winery New York City
John Sebastian Bio
Over four decades the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric. His group The Lovin' Spoonful played a major role in the mid-'60s rock revolution, but what leader, singer and songwriter Sebastian had in mind was actually a counter-revolution. "We were grateful to the Beatles for reminding us our rock & roll roots," John explains, "but we wanted to cut out the English middlemen, so to speak, and get down to making this new music as an 'American' band." This the Lovin' Spoonful did like nobody before or since, putting their first seven singles into the Top 10. This was unprecedented, and utterly unthinkable at the height of Beatlemania. At first they'd taken older material from blues, country, folk and jug band sources - what we now term "roots music" - and made it sound modern. Then, in a series of original songs composed and sung by John Sebastian, they did the reverse, creating thoroughly modern music that sounded like it contained the entire history of American music.
Jimmy Vivino Bio
Jimmy Joseph Vivino was born on January 10, 1955 in Paterson, New Jersey. When he was young, the family moved to Point Pleasant and then back to Paterson before settling in Glen Rock, New Jersey in the mid sixties. He started out in the entertainment business as a young boy performing at the New York World's Fair in 1964 with his brothers Jerry and Floyd as a tap dancing act. Jimmy was brought up in a musical household. Jimmy's father, Jerry and mother, Emily were very influential in helping Jimmy pursue a career in music; and did much to encourage him that that direction. His earliest memories of music being played in his house were of his dad playing Louis Armstrong and Roy Eldridge records. Jimmy's father was a jazz trumpeter and all his brothers were already playing musical instruments by the age of five. His brother Floyd took up the piano; Jerry began playing clarinet; and Jimmy took up the trumpet. Jimmy enjoyed playing the trumpet very much and proved to be quite talented. Whether it's at The Bottom Line, The China Club, Chicago Blues or on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Vivino continues to make new fans wherever he goes!