On-Demand: January 1, 2021 – January 3, 2021
“Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians…Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him ‘one of the brightest stars of the guitar.’”
“There is little in this world so awe-inspiring as witnessing total mastery of a musical instrument. Like seeing Yo-Yo Ma play the cello or Placido Domingo belt out an aria — sometimes a performer’s perfection can elevate a piece of music to heights beyond the realm of imagination. By all accounts, Frank Vignola conjures just that sort of magic with his acoustic guitar.” — Matt Cauthron, Intermission Magazine
“For me, the standout musician in the ensemble was guitarist Frank Vignola, who can play more musically at ridiculous tempos than just about anyone I’ve heard.”—The Jazz Session, Jason Crane, Tanglewood Jazz Festival
After a near fatal accident, Frank Vignola, is back, better than ever! One of the top guitarists in the world according to the legendary Les Paul, the amazing Vignola has performed with Ringo Starr, Lionel Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli and other top stars. With his astounding virtuosity, extraordinary versatility, sly humor and incomparable musicianship, he shares the stage with longterm touring partner, dynamic rhythm guitarist Vinny Raniolo, who himself has toured 14 countries on 3 continents, performed in the world’s top venues and recorded soundtracks for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Woody Allen’s film, Café Society.
Joining this illustrious duo for a night of jazz heaven is Aussie bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott, who performed with Les Paul, Paul McCartney and Tommy Emmanuel, among others. Magic happens when Parrott’s irresistible voice pairs with the wizardry of Vignola and Raniolo, bringing their mega-talent trio to First Night. It doesn’t get better than this!