FRANK VIGNOLA with GLENN TOSTO ~ Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., Culp Auditorium

'What really stood out, aside from the astounding virtuosity, was the care that went into this presentation. This was a true show, with carefully planned progression of songs, well-placed comic numbers, always building to a wonderful climax at the end of a set. Great music, great entertainment.'


Frank Vignola has been described by The New York Times as "one of the brightest ... stars of the guitar." His virtuosity and "jaw-dropping technique" have made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Wynton Marsalis, the Boston Pops and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his "Five Most Admired Guitarists List." He brings not only technical prowess, but also a sense of fun to the stage. Born on suburban Long Island on Dec. 30, 1965, Vignola was raised in the New York area. The Italian-American started playing the guitar at the age of six and grew up admiring a variety of guitarists and styles including classical, rock, R&B and pop. 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, coming into his own as a leader in 1988 with his famed Hot Club of France tribute which was hailed in the The New York Times as one of the top ten acts in New York City in 1988. Frank has written 18 guitar instruction books for Mel Bay Publications and has recorded six educational DVDs for He has performed hundreds of clinics and master classes at universities and colleges throughout the world including Juilliard and Boston University. Vignola is in the midst of a worldwide tour. For more on Vignola, visit his website.

Reviews & Interviews:

All About Jazz

Vignola Plays Gershwin

More video:

The Minstrel - trio with Vinnie Raniolo

The Five Most Admired Guitarists list

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