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Frank Vignola

An extremely versatile jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola has demonstrated that he is capable of playing everything from fusion and commercial pop-jazz to hard bop, post-bop, and swing. The native New Yorker has a wide variety of influences; everyone from Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Pat Metheny to Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian has affected his playing in some way. For Vignola, different influences have asserted themselves at different times — the Reinhardt or Christian influence might be especially prominent in a swing environment, whereas he has sometimes sounded more Metheny-ish in fusion or pop-jazz/NAC settings. And he might be mindful of Montgomery or Pass on a hard bop or post-bop project. Born on suburban Long Island on December 30, 1965, Vignola was raised in the New York area. The Italian-American started playing the guitar at the age of five and grew up admiring a variety of guitarists. Far from a jazz snob, Vignola never listened to jazz exclusively and was also a major fan of rock, RB, and pop. The guitarists that he admired ranged from jazz musicians to rock icons like Eric Clapton and Eddie Van Halen. As a young adult, Vignola studied at the Cultural Arts Center of Long Island and went on to enjoy a lot of sideman gigs in the 1980s. The New Yorker was 27 when, in 1993, he signed with Concord Jazz and recorded his first Concord session as a leader, Appel Direct. Several more Concord releases followed in the 1990s, and the early 2000s found Vignola recording for Nagel-Heyer as well as Acoustic Disc.

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September 10, 2015

Randy Brecker, Frank Vignola, Greg Hopkins To Headline Pittsfield...

November 09, 2014

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A Trip to "Swing Xing" with Bucky...

May 17, 2012

Jazz This Week: Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, Madeleine Peyroux,...

May 12, 2012

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo

May 02, 2012

Frank Vignola to Present Guitar Workshop Saturday, May 19 at City Music

August 23, 2010

Review of Frank Vignola's "Gypsy Jazz" Trio " Live" at the Rowayton...

February 02, 2010

Frank Vignola's Hot Club Celebrating 100 Years of Django Reinhardt...

January 27, 2010

Guitarist Frank Vignola Salutes Django Reinhardt with New CD

May 14, 2009

Jazz This Week: Frank Vignola, David Fiuczynski, the Miles Davis Jazz...

May 10, 2009

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The Return of Frank Vignola

September 10, 2008

Frank Vignola and Edward Laub to Perform at the NJVLA Fall for the Arts...

November 08, 2007

Aaron Weinstein and Frank Vignola at Bargemusic Tonight 8PM

October 03, 2007

Frank Vignola Quintet Saturday, October 13th 8:00 PM at Sugarloaf Music...

June 29, 2007

David Grisman Quintet Featuring Frank Vignola Thursday July 19 @ 7PM &...

May 31, 2006

Frank Vignola and Joe Ascione Release New CD Submarine Bus

March 08, 2006

Frank Vignola & Gene Bertoncini Friday, March 17th 8:00 pm Warwick...

April 27, 2005

The Frank & Joe Show (featuring Frank Vignola & Joe Ascione) To Release...

April 24, 2004

The Frank & Joe Show (featuring Frank Vignola & Joe Ascione)

July 14, 2002

Frank Vignola-Gerry Beaudoin Trio in a Clinic-Concert on August 17, 2002

October 03, 2000

AGE BARRIERS TUMBLE AS VETERAN JAZZMAN FRANK WESS AND YOUNG TITAN FRANK...

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Dec22Sat
8:00 pm
Frank Vignola
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY
$15
Jan25Fri
8:00 pm
Frank Vignola
Gateway City Arts
Holyoke, MA
Feb8Fri
8:00 pm
Frank Vignola
Happy Days Lodge
Peninsula, OH
Feb9Sat
8:00 pm
Frank Vignola
Trumansburg Conservatory Of Fine Arts
Trumansburg, NY
Mar29Fri
8:00 pm
Frank Vignola
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Germantown, MD
Oct19Sat
7:30 pm
Frank Vignola
Williamsburg Regional Library
Williamsburg, VA

Discography

Swing Zing!

Swing Zing!

Fv Records
2015

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100 Years of Django

100 Years of Django

Azica Records
2010

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Standards

Original Jazz Classics
2009

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Vignola Plays Gershwin

Vignola Plays Gershwin

Mel Bay Records
2007

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Vignola Plays Gershwin

Original Jazz Classics
2006

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66 2/3

66 2/3

Hyena Records
2005

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Videos

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