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NEWS: EVENT

Great Tastes Meet Good Taste At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Jazz Brunch Every Sunday

Great Tastes Meet Good Taste At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Jazz Brunch Every Sunday

Promoting both individual and communal expression, Jazz is a particularly American art form. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, in association with Jazz producer Joe Donofrio, have prepared a full-spectrum Jazz brunch experience; where contemporary and classic Jazz will mingle with the sounds of culinary satisfaction at the hotel’s brand new Hard Rock Cafe for ...

Vinny Raniolo: Air Guitar

Read "Air Guitar" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Now here's something that brings fresh meaning to the idea of an artist piloting an album. Virtuoso guitarist and avid aviator Vinny Raniolo uses his debut leader date as an opportunity to fly the friendly skies, putting his ax to good use on an aerial-themed program with a pleasantly straightforward outlook.

While Raniolo ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brazilians Spice Up Annual Montana Guitar Festival

Read "Brazilians Spice Up Annual Montana Guitar Festival" reviewed by Mark Holston

Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival
Flathead Lake Lodge
Bigfork, Montana
August 30-September 5, 2015

Forget for a moment the stellar roster of international guitar greats at Bigfork, Montana's annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, their inspired performances and enthusiastic, SRO crowds. This annual weeklong mixture of master ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Randy Brecker, Frank Vignola, Greg Hopkins To Headline Pittsfield Cityjazz Festival, Oct. 9-18

Randy Brecker, Frank Vignola, Greg Hopkins To Headline Pittsfield Cityjazz Festival, Oct. 9-18

Berkshires Jazz, which organizes and presents festivals, concerts, and other jazz events in Berkshire County, has announced the lineup for the 11th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. A signature event of the fall foliage season in western New England, the festival runs Oct. 9-18, 2015. The wide-ranging lineup includes the first pairing of 6-time Grammy winner Randy Brecker with the Greg Hopkins ...

Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo: Swing Zing!

Read "Swing Zing!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When a press release accompanying a new album conveys more information than is found on the album itself, the supposition must be that it was recorded hurriedly with an eye toward a similarly expeditious release. Swing Zing! pairs the estimable guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, who've been working together for more than five years, with ...

ARTICLE: SHRINKTUNES

Playing it Forward: The Boys at the Blue Note

Read "Playing it Forward: The Boys at the Blue Note" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

It seemed to happen overnight. One minute it was all video games, with the boys totally immersed in furious thumbwork. They'd sit together for hours on end, staring at a busy screen, manipulating cartoon adversaries to kill each other in great bursts of color and noise. There was considerable musical talent among them, and assorted lessons ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Celebrate Brooklyn

Read "Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Celebrate Brooklyn" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Mexican Institute of Sound
Latin Alternative Music Conference at Celebrate Brooklyn
July 12, 2013
Brooklyn, NY
Though a constant, heavy rain dampened the spirits of many music fans who skipped Latin Alternative Music Conference's showcase at Celebrate Brooklyn, those who were present at the half-filled venue witnessed quite a varied evening ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

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

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

Guitarist Frank Vignola will present a workshop at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at City Music and Education Center, 9299 Watson Rd. in Crestwood. Vignola (pictured) will be in St. Louis that week to perform Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at Jazz at the Bistro. According to the news release from City Music, the first ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz St. Louis Announces More Winter, Spring Bookings at Jazz at the Bistro

Jazz St. Louis Announces More Winter, Spring Bookings at Jazz at the Bistro

Jazz St. Louis today announced the bands and musicians who will fill the remaining open dates in the winter and spring 2012 schedule at Jazz at the Bistro. The list includes mostly local players, plus return visits from guitarist Frank Vignola, last seen here in May 2009, and the Wee Trio (pictured), which includes ex-St. Louisan ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

J Hunter's Best Releases of 2010

Read "J Hunter's Best Releases of 2010" reviewed by J Hunter

Counting down the best releases of 2010: Allison Miller
Boom Tic Boom Foxhaven
2010

Anyone with job references as diverse as organ icon Dr. Lonnie Smith and indie singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco must have something interesting to say, and drummer Allison Miller proves that out. Boom Tic Boom is ...