Giordano maintained his interest in early jazz and dance styles, and his love for that bygone era led him in time to form his own band, the Nighthawks, with which he played original charts of the era as well as those that were specially prepared. Giordano was soon playing at many of New York’s most prestigious venues and he also played at the city’s jazz festivals and appeared in the Netherlands at the Breda Jazz Festival. Giordano played on the soundtracks of The Cotton Club (1984), The Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985), Bloodhounds Of Broadway (1989), Bix (1991), Sweet And Lowdown (1999), Finding Forrester (2000) and The Aviator (2004).
Among musicians who have played in Giordano’s band over the years have been trumpeter Peter Ecklund, pianist Dick Wellstood and drummer Arnie Kinsella. In the mid-00s, the Nighthawks often worked with pianist and singer Darryl Sherman. The Nighthawks’ repertoire includes music from the books of early dance and jazz bands such as those led by James Reese Europe and Jelly Roll Morton, and jazz masters including Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Duke Ellington.