July 10, 2013
5pm gates open; dance lesson 6:30pm, concert at 7pm.
Old Westbury Gardens
$10; $8 seniors, 62 and older, free children 17 years old and younger
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a couple of friends, and the Gardens will provide the soundtrack for an enjoyable evening under the stars. Arrive early to picnic and stroll the gardens. In 30 years as a bandleader, Vince Giordano has become the authority on recreating the sounds of 1920s and '30s jazz and popular music. "I just love the energy of the early jazz," says Giordano. "I wanted to recapture some of that." Early appearances with Leon Redbone and on the Prairie Home Companion and lending his talents to Francis Ford Coppola's film The Cotton Club, led to working with Dick Hyman's Orchestra in half a dozen Woody Allen soundtracks then as a bass player in Sean Penn?s band in Woody's Sweet and Lowdown. He and the Nighthawks were featured in Gus Van Sant's film Finding Forrester, in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, Robert DeNiro's film, The Good Shepherd, Tamara Jenkin's The Savages and recently Sam Mendes' film: Revolutionary Road, and Away We Go; and Michael Mann's film Public Enemies; plus HBO's Boardwalk Empire.
Address: 71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11590
About Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children. Completed in 1906 by the English designer, George A. Crawley, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family's residence.
Today, Westbury Gardens welcomes visitors of all ages for guided tours of Westbury House and Gardens, in-depth tours of the formal gardens, school visits, children's programs and events, family programs, museum exhibits, classic car shows, indoor and outdoor classical concerts, summer pop concerts, slide lectures, book signings, horticultural demonstrations and workshops, Scottish Games, botanical arts and gardening classes, and Master Gardener and Educator-led Talks and Tours of topics relating to horticulture, art, history, design and architecture.
Upcoming Events at Old Westbury Gardens: