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Frank Vignola Trio
Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are some of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. Frank’s stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O’Connor, Boston Pops, New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vinny Raniolo, at the age of 28, has already proved himself to be among the elite having performed and recorded with Bucky Pizzareli, Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman just to name a few. Since Frank and Vinny teamed up in 2008 they have performed over 1000 shows at some of the most prestigious concert halls and festivals in the world including the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, Liverpool Philharmonic, Quebec Music Festival and Italy’s Teatro Olimpico. Their jaw dropping technique and incredible showmanship explains why the New York Times deemed them, “….stars of Guitar.”
Gary Mazzaroppi toured extensively with the Lionel Hampton Big Band for five years. Since then, he has accompanied many jazz artists including Red Norvo, Herb Ellis, Stan Getz, Joe Morello, Buddy Rich, Jim Hall, Barney Kessel, Clark Terry, Charlie Byrd, and Mark O’Connor. As a frequent supporting guest on her twenty five-year PBS radio show, Mazzaroppi has played with Marian McPartland. He has also accompanied the diverse styles of Renée Fleming, Willie Nelson, Alicia Keyes, Bela Fleck, Chuck Mangione, among others. Mazzaroppi performed with both Les Paul and Tal Farlow during a New Jersey Jazz Society’s PBS Special and appeared in a Cinemax Special about Les Paul as well as the PBS Special, The History of Rock and Roll.