Every Monday Chez Oskar is proud to host the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, an early jazz, swing, and blues band, composed of acoustic guitar/vocals, upright bass, homemade washboard percussion, trumpet and saxophone, plays its' repertoire of witty songs from 1920's and 30's, along with its' augmented original tunes and often bawdy lyrics sung in catchy 4 part vocal harmony.
The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn consists of: Billy Nemec-guitar/lead vocals, Chris Pistorino-bass/vocals, David Langlois-washboard percussion/vocals, Sam Hoyt-Trumpet/vocals
"The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn turned the whole damn (Big Tent at The Rochester Jazz Festival) into a swingin' Tin Pan Alley. The Blue Vipers' drummer apparently never graduated from the kitchen, as his whole set up was a lapfull of odds and ends that he binged, banged, whacked, and attacked with thimble digits like a Dixieland folley stage."
FRANK DE BLASÉ, ROCHESTER CITY NEWSPAPER, June. 15th, 2008,
"The Blue Vipers play old-timey jazz, swing and blues. Their songs are witty, bouncy and full of fun - visions of flappers and men in straw-boater hats. They are one of the most popular bands that busk in the New York subways."
CREATIVE LOAFING, TAMPA FL, MAY 2008
“Excellent musicianship and cool, New Orleans/Ragtime/Dixieland Jazz elements. Very Nice all around with a solid vocal performance, as well.”
TAXI "The World's Leading Independent A&R Company,"
October 5, 2007
Best live-music brunch: The Blue Vipers at Superfine
"Throngs of children and their minders head to this loft like Dumbo eatery on Sundays ready to rock out and not to kiddie tunes from some lame band."
TIME OUT NEW YORK KIDS, October1, 2007
"The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn made us think of an act that we would hear on A Prairie Home Companion."
GOTHAMIST: IDOL UNDERGROUND, August 5, 2007
“The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn provided fantastic entertainment.”
WILLIE NELSON, June 11, 2007
"The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn are a rare treat even in New York City."
CONCRETEBEAT, March 2007
"The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn play old-time music from 1910 to the 1940’s, just like your hip great-grandma’s great collection of scratchy 78s."
LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS, August 20, 2006
Blue Vipers music can be purchased at: