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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

Jazz Musicians Up Against A Virus

Read "Jazz Musicians Up Against A Virus" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

In the last year or so Good Times became the first jazz club in years to operate in Savannah, Forte Jazz Lounge sprouted up in Charleston and Middle C arrived in Charlotte. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra became a hub renamed to Charleston Jazz, providing both big band and small group concerts with unprecedented success. And, of ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Bucky Pizzarelli: Remembering Family Rhythms On The Roads Of New Jersey

Read "Bucky Pizzarelli: Remembering Family Rhythms On The Roads Of New Jersey" reviewed by Arthur R George

Guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, from 1926 to his passing at age 94 on April 1, lived his entire life in New Jersey, and had said that he couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Forget the turnpike jokes. Remember instead the nearness to jazz in New York, the closeness of family, shared driving in the New Jersey night, the ...

Take Five with Pete Coco

Read "Take Five with Pete Coco" reviewed by Pete Coco

About Pete Coco A mainstay on the New York jazz scene, bassist Pete Coco recently released his debut album as a leader, Lined with a Groove, featuring drummer Matt Wilson and pianist Sullivan Fortner. The LP is an homage to his mentors and influences, with fresh arrangements of tunes by bassists including Ron Carter, ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

Swing Zing!

Label: Fv Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Cheek to Cheek; The Best Things in Life Are Free; September Song; Cry Me a River; Joseph Joseph; I’m Getting Sentimental Over You; All the Things You Are; Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans; Whispering; Sleepy Time Gal; Stardust; Tico Tico / Djangomania; Peg O’ My Heart / I’m Confessin’.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...


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