‘Detroit 1-8-7’ Star Michael Imperioli Talks Music

Michael Imperioli, the Emmy Award winner and former Sopranos star, is not just an actor. He’s also the lead singer and guitarist for the rock band La Dolce Vita, and he (along with his wife, Victoria) sits on the advisory board for the Jazz Foundation of America.

During the red-carpet premiere of ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7, which stars Imperioli, Hour Detroit asked the New York native about his lesser-known hobby.

I’ve read that you’re a big jazz fan. Did you make it down to the Detroit International Jazz Fest this past weekend?
I was in New York. I had to go home to see my family. This is the first time I’ve been back in two and a half months.
Is there any chance that you’ll bring La Dolce Vita to Detroit?
We’re talking to some people about doing a gig here. I have a friend of mine who’s involved in the music scene here. Actually, we had an opportunity to play at Arts, Beats, and Eats, but for scheduling reasons it fell through.
Have you been going out to catch any local bands?
I haven’t had time yet, but I will. My kids were with me for the first two months that I was here, so I was just home. Now, they’re back in school. Now that I have some time, I’ll get out. But I like to go and scrounge around and see who’s playing where. I like little holes in the wall, and watching some rock ’n’ roll.
It sounds like your band would fit well within the Detroit rock scene.
I think so. I think we’re going to do a show. I’ll get the guys out here for maybe a day or two, and we can practice for a little while.


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