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Who would have known that the pianist with the Salt City Six at the Halfway House in Eagle Bay, N.Y. in 1965 would go on to have a stellar career working with some of the top names in show business. His name was Vince Falcone. The band on that engagement at the Halfway House included Jack Maheu, Danny D’Imperio, Paul Squire, Jim Butler and Bud Coltrane.
Born and raised in Syracuse, Vince began studying classical piano at the age of three. In high school, he was introduced to jazz and, even though studying classical music at Syracuse University, he decided to pursue jazz and pop music as a career. After extensive traveling throughout Europe with various jazz groups, he returned to the United States in 1964 and spent several years performing in upstate New York.
Places like the Coda, Luigi’s, Lorenzo’s, Brown Jug , the BelMar,
Casablanca, the Clover Club,and Three Rivers are some of the places
VInce credits with helping him become a professional musician. He also
credits several great local musicians he shared the stage with including Danny D’Imperio, Jack Maheu, Chuck and Gap Mangione, Sal Nistico, Jimmy Cavallo, Tony Leonardi, Anne Marie Gennovese and Tony Riposo.
Friends, however, urged him to leave Syracuse and move on with his music career. After discussing it with his wife, Vince decided to go to Las Vegas to try and establish a career. Off he went in 1970 to Vegas in his father-in-law’s borrowed car to make it there or return home. The rest is history, as they say. He became Caesar Palace’s house pianist and was heard by Frank Sinatra who employed him as his musical director and pianist. This association lasted from 1976 until 1982 with a reprise in 1985 -1986. In 1980, Vince was music director for the Inaugural Gala for Ronald Reagan. 
At one time or another, he’s been pianist/conductor for many of the country’s top singers including: Robert Goulet, Andy Williams, Connie Francis, Paul Anka, Diahann Carroll, Sylvia Syms, the McGuire sisters, Frankie Randall, the great French singer-composer Charles Aznavour, Jack Jones, Al Martino, Eddie Fisher, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Jerry Lewis, Julius Larosa, and Tony Bennett.
He once came back to Syracuse and conducted a show with Frank Sinatra at the New York State Fair Grounds. He was recently reunited with Danny D’Imperio and other jazz all stars at the Cazenovia Jazz Festival in September 2012. In commentaries on Vince’s fascinating autobiography, “Frankly Just Between Us”, co-authored with Bob Popyk, Tony Bennett says, “Vinnie Falcone is one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever met. This book is dedicated for young people who aspire to be in the music business. Vinnie shows how difficult it is, but how easy he makes it look!”. Robert Goulet adds, “Through the years I’ve been blessed with wonderful conductors, but none as talented as Vince Falcone. He’s a highly-gifted musician, excellent pianist and makes going out on the stage worry-free.”
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You can order the book through Music Dispatch at 1-800-637-2852 or
www.musicdispatch.com. If you have access to the internet Google: “A Conversation with author Vincent Falcone” with Vince and Charlie Rose.