100 Years of Django (Azica Records 72244)
January 26, 2010 Release
The Frank Vignola Trio:
Frank Vignola, guitar
Vinny Raniolo, guitar
Gary Mazzaroppi, double bass
Special Guest: Julien Labro, accordion
Django Reinhardt was one of the most influential guitarists of the last 100 years and was a prolific composer of almost 100 brilliant songs in his 20 years of recording. I chose 10 of my favorites spanning his brief life here on earth. I hope you enjoy." - Frank Vignola
Frank Vignola is one of the most accomplished, multi-dimensional guitarists walking the planet today. A performer, composer, and improviser, Frank plays proficiently in nearly every genre, from jazz to bluegrass, and collaborates widely (Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O'Connor, Wynton Marsalis, et al.). Whether he is featured on a Donald Fagen recording, a jam with David Grisman, or leading his own groups throughout the years, he has proved himself one of the best at creating his own unique sound.
Born on suburban Long Island, Vignola was raised in the New York area. He started playing the guitar at the age of five and grew up admiring a variety of guitarists. Far from a jazz snob, Vignola never listened to jazz exclusively and was a major fan of rock, R&B, and pop. The guitarists that he admires 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 as well as making featured appearances on Atlantic, Sony and Warner Brothers Records as a sideman with numerous jazz and pop artists.