Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
The music of Long Island–born Frank Vignola breaks down the barriers between popular music and traditional jazz to create a unique acoustic string music experience. Several years ago he joined forces with young guitarist Vinny Raniolo, and though they've played together in ensembles of various sizes, it's as a duo that they really get cooking. The two mix original material with unique renditions of contemporary tunes to create a smoking-hot blend of contemporary acoustic rock, gypsy jazz, bluegrass, swing, and blues. The late guitar titan Les Paul named Frank Vignola as one of the five guitarists he admires most, and with Vinny Raniolo he plays a show that goes beyond high energy. It's jazz in overdrive, both technically and conceptually!