Jimmy Vivino

Jimmy Vivino

born on 10/1/1955 in Paterson, NJ, United States

Jimmy Vivino

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Jimmy Vivino

Jimmy Vivino (born January 10, 1955 in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American guitarist, keyboard player, singer, producer,[1] and music director. He is best known as the leader of Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band, the house band for the TBS late night program Conan. He was also a member of The Tonight Show Band, the house band on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and its predecessor, Late Night with Conan O'Brien on NBC. Vivino has also played with many rock bands, which most recently has included being a member of Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux.

He is the younger brother of longtime New Jersey TV host Floyd Vivino, a.k.a. Uncle Floyd, and the Basic Cable Band bandmate Jerry Vivino.


Vivino grew up in Glen Rock, New Jersey, where he attended Glen Rock High School.[2] He had an interest in music from a young age. He began working in New York clubs in the early 1980s[3] and in 1984 was musical director of the play Leader of the Pack.[4][5] Later he led "Jimmy Vivino and the Black Italians" and worked with Al Kooper.[6] Kooper considered Vivino to be one of his "discoveries" and had him as musical director for fifteen years. Later Vivino "took over" his "The Rekooperators" which Kooper stated made him proud.[7] Vivino did much of the orchestration for the Max Weinberg Seven from 1993 onward.[8] On the October 19, 2010 Vivino was named bandleader of the Conan show, replacing previous leader Max Weinberg. The group is called The Basic Cable Band.[9]

Partial discography

  • Live at Lucilles - Michael packer Blues Band (Guitar) (2007)
  • Live at Sweet Rhythm - Michael packer Blues Band (Guitar) (2007)
  • Mule-A-Go-Go - New Year's Eve 2005-2006 (special guest) (2006)
  • Alone Together (2005)
  • Steaks & Chops: Live at Great Jones, Volume 1 (Guitar) (2005)
  • Blues In The Blood (Guitar) (2003)
  • Best of M.C. Records 1996-2002 (Guitar) (2003)
  • Remedy (Vocals) (2002)
  • Different Shade Of Red: The Woodstock Sessions (Organ, Guitar, Mandolin, Director, Producer, Horn Arrangement) (2002)
  • Crazy Kind Of Life (Organ, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Producer) (2002)
  • Respond, Volume II (Guitar) (2002)
  • Live at Manny's Car Wash (Guitar) (2001)
  • Rare & Well Done: The Greatest And The Most Obscure Recordings (2001)
  • No Small Wonder (Electric Guitar) (2001)
  • Fire It Up - Bill Perry (2001) (Vivino co-produced and guested on instruments)



  • Messengers (2004) (music producer)
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 10th Anniversary Special (2003) (TV) (co-musical director) (music arranger) (musician: house band)
  • The First Wives Club (1996) (orchestrator)
  • Stuart Saves His Family (1995) (additional orchestrator)
  • Boys on the Side (1995) (production music producer)
  • Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) (assistant music supervisor)
  • "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) TV Series (assistant musical director)
  • Sister Act (1992) (music coordinator) (orchestrator: score)
  • Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll (1988) (TV) (musical director)


  • 50 Years of NBC Late Night (2001)


  • Conan
  • The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 10th Anniversary Special (2003)
  • Comic Relief VIII (1998)
  • Deja View The Cinemax Session With James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett
  • Legendary Ladies of Rock and Roll
  • The Uncle Floyd Show ("Uncle" Floyd Vivino) is Jimmy's older brother)

See also

  • Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band (then known as The Max Weinberg 7 and Max Weinberg and the Tonight Show Band)
  • The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien


  1. Jazz Times, pg 105
  2. Jimmy Vivino: Biography. Accessed February 28, 2011.
  3. Billboard Jul 3, 1999, pg 7
  4. The Palm Beach Post - Feb 24, 1984
  5. The sound of Broadway music: a book of orchestrators and orchestrations by Steven Suskin, pg 595
  6. The New York Times: Sounds Around Town: On New Year's Eve by JON PARELES Published: December 31, 1993
  7. Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock 'n' Roll Survivor by Al Kooper (various pages)
  8. TELEVISION; Leaping From E Street to 'Late Night', November 28, 1993
  9. [1]

External links

  • jimmyvivino.com
  • The Max Weinberg 7 - bio on NBC.com
  • Jimmy Vivino at the Internet Movie Database
  • discography at jimmyvivino.com
  • [2]
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