Jimmy Vivino spent his early years in Point Pleasant, New Jersey with his parents Jerry and Emily and brothers Jerry Jr. and Floyd. At the age of five years old Jimmy took up the trumpet, which his father also played. Jimmy liked playing the trumpet and was very talented at it. By the age of 10, his family moved to Glen Rock, New Jersey. At age 13 he was forming bands and playing high school dances. At 15 he began to play the guitar. In 1970 Jimmy became fascinated with Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. This was time that Jimmy began to play keyboards.
In the mid to late 1970s, Jimmy was putting together his own bands and doing studio work. Around 1980 Jimmy expressed interest in moving to NYC. By then Jimmy was in demand as a studio musician. In 1984 he directed an Off-Broadway show called "Leader of the Pack", where he met Paul Shaffer. Three months later the show got picked up by Broadway producers. Jimmy met his future wife, Geneva at the show; She was the assistant to the choreographer. The show closed after several months on Broadway.
Jimmy now started playing with Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector, Dion and many other artists. He and Paul Shaffer would play a few times a week at local NYC clubs. Jimmy began performing with Al Kooper and met John Sebastian. John had a TV show called "DejaVu", and Jimmy became the leader of the house band. Jimmy started to do high profile work including Hollywood movies such as "Sister Act", "Sister Act 2", "The First Wives Club", "Heart & Soul", "Night In The City" and "George of the Jungle". Jimmy was the musical director for "Sister Act."
In 1993 Conan O'Brien asked Max Weinberg to audition for his new show Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Max went home and called Jimmy, and they quickly put the band together.
On the 24th June 2009, Jimmy played guitar with the band Wilco on their song 'You Never Know' on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.
As of May 2010, Jimmy is playing for Conan on the Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.
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