Frank Vignola

Born and raised in New York, composer and improviser Frank Vignola, appearing in SIZZLING HOT SWING with Mark O’Connor, started playing the guitar at the age of five. He grew up admiring a variety of guitarists, which range from Django and George Barnes to rock icons like Frank Zappa and Eddie Van Halen.

As a young adult, Vignola studied at the Cultural Arts Center of Long Island and went on to enjoy an enormous amount of sideman gigs in the 1980s including recording and touring with the likes of Madonna, Leon Redbone, Ringo Starr as well as coming into his own as a leader in 1988 with his famed Hot Club of France tribute which was hailed in the NY Times as one of the top ten acts in 1988 and forged the way for the many Django Hot Club groups that followed.

In 1993, Vignola signed with Concord Jazz and recorded his first Concord session as a leader, Appel Direct. Many more Concord releases followed in the 1990s as well as 3 releases for the Telarc label as co-leader of the group Travelin’ Light. In the early 2000’s, he found Vignola recording for Acoustic Disc, Hyena Records as well as making featured appearances on Atlantic, Sony, and Warner Brothers Records with the likes of Donald Fagen, Queen Latifah, Mark O’Connor and Wynton Marsalis. He has performed hundreds of clinics and master classes at major universities and colleges throughout the country including Julliard and Boston University. 

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