Guitarist Frank Vignola: From Metallica to Mozart and all that jazz


Frank VignolaCalling Frank Vignola a virtuoso is something of an understatement. Recognized primarily as a world-class jazz guitarist, but well versed in every genre, his resume includes work with a range of artists from Ringo Starr to Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel and the legendary Les Paul, with whom he performed regularly for a number of years.

Vignola has recorded numerous albums, performed on countless sessions, written 18 guitar instruction books and recorded six educational DVDs. He has held hundreds of clinics and master classes and tours the world. Accompanying him on the road is guitarist Vinny Raniolo; together, they perform between 150 and 200 shows per year and recently released the album Melody Magic. “I’m very happy and always feel good about playing for audiences,” he says. “We get them involved, we make them laugh a little bit, we dance around sometimes, and we play great melodies and songs, so it’s a lot of fun.”

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