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Fred Vigorito is the leader of the Galvanized Jazz Band (since 1971) but regularly plays with Heartbeat. Since Fred’s retirement, he has been a full-time musician.

Studying cornet with Dick Fortino, Fred showed remarkable aptitude and played first trumpet in Connecticut’s All-State Band as a high school freshman. He has been playing New Orleans Jazz since 1963 when he joined Big Bill Bissonnette’s Easy Rider Jazz Band.

Fred is featured on more than 35 recordings, his most memorable being a 1965 GHB recording at Preservation Hall with jazz veterans Jim Robinson, Albert Burbank, Creole George Guesnon and Don Ewell.

Fred plays a hot, driving cornet style, with a clear, defining lead. His major influences include Louis Armstrong, Kid Thomas, Kid Howard, Wild Bill Davison, Bobby Hackett, Muggsy Spanier, Ruby Braff and Thomas Jefferson.
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