The New Rekooperators
featuring Jimmy Vivino / Al Kooper / Jessie Williams / Mark 'the sherrif' Teixeira
Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
Iridium, New York, NY
- Iridium Box Office Hours Daily: 3PM - 8PM
- Two Drink Minimum Required
- All Ages Venue
- Dinner prepared nightly by our Chef Raphael Vargas
- All Will Call tickets MUST be picked up by 7:45pm OR management reserves the right to give up seats
When Al Kooper asked Jimmy to put together a band for his New York shows at The Bottom Line, Jimmy started to accompany him there and later recorded with him on his albums “Soul Of A Man” and “Rekooperation”. He also played with Johnnie Johnson (Chuck Berry’s pianist) in 1990 and John Sebastian’s J-Band.
In 1993 Max Weinberg literally ran into Conan O’Brien on the corner of 7th Ave. and 5th street in NYC and asked for an audition for his new show Late Night With Conan O’Brien on NBC. (Max technically didn’t have a band when “Killer Joe, Scene of the Crime” was released). Conan was a huge Bruce Springsteen and E-Street fan so he felt obligated to audition Max. However, he was convinced Max would never fit into his show’s format. Max went home and called Jimmy, who was in San Francisco at the time….. and like a scene out of The Blues Brothers, they put the band together! Jimmy called Jerry. At the time of the audition, Jerry Vivino was doing a lot of private studio functions and jingle work. He told Jimmy he had an unbelievable keyboard player that had been working on and off with him. So Jerry brought in Scott Healy!
Keep in mind these guys had never really played together as a band, but Max Weinberg was a true friend and gave the guys their shot! And of course they didn’t disappoint. However, Conan thought the band would probably have a big beat, rock sound and he was already rehearsing how to tell Max they wouldn’t get the gig! What a surprise when Conan walked in a little after the band began auditioning!! He took one look at the guys, heard the music, and turned to Jeff Ross, the producer. They had the same exact look on their faces!! They just listened in amazement and Conan said, “Give these guys what they want and sign them up!” It was that easy………and the Max Weinberg 7 was born on September 13, 1993!
Jimmy is the gifted guitarist/arranger and many times lead singer for the Max Weinberg 7 and is the associate music director for the show. He has played, produced, arranged and/or orchestrated the music for artists as diverse as: Laura Nyro, Phoebe Snow, Cissy Houston, Al Kooper, The New York Rock and Soul Revue with Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald, Johnnie Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Shemekia Copeland, Joe Pesce, and Painted Blue (A blues tribute to the Rolling Stones.) For the last 14 years he has been Al Kooper’s guitarist and music director.
Some of Jimmy’s bands are known as: The Vivino Brothers, The J-Band, The Black Italians, the Jimmy Vivino Band, and Jimmy Vivino and the Rekooperators.