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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Four legendary guitarists perform one jazz show in Salt Lake City

By Rebecca Howard – The Salt Lake Tribune

Screen Shot 2013-03-19 at 9.20.29 AMFour of America’s best jazz guitarists will converge in Salt Lake City on Saturday for the Guitar Masters Summit.

Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Gene Bertoncini and Frank Vignola will bring their guitars and considerable talent to Capitol Theatre for the JazzSLC event.

“I trust these four giants to do something amazing,” said Kevin Johansen, professor of guitar studies at the University of Utah. “I would go to hear any one of them individually. The fact that they’re all four together is exciting.”

While it’s not unheard of to have four guitarists perform in one concert, it is an unusual event, Johansen said. “I know it sounds guitar-heavy, but each of these players has a unique personality and sound that’s all their own.”

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Buy Downloadable Tracks Directly from Frank on Bandcamp

You can now purchase downloadable audio tracks from Frank on Bandcamp. Check ’em out!

  1. Joseph, Joseph Frank Vignola 4:23
  2. Tico Tico Frank Vignola 4:36
  3. Sleepytime Gal Frank Vignola 3:56