Friday, June 8, 2018 - 8:00 pm
It’s been almost a year since Top Guitarist Frank Vignola catapulted into a tree from an off-road-vehicle in a tragic accident that nearly took his life. After being air-lifted to a renowned N.Y. area trauma center, Frank’s family learned of his extensive injuries which included four broken ribs, a broken clavicle, shoulder (in two places), and arm, which has since required multiple surgeries. Additionally, Vignola suffered two collapsed lungs and massive internal bleeding.
Enduring a long but steady recovery, Frank returns to the stage with “Frank Vignola’s Hot Jazz Guitar Trio”, in collaboration with long-time touring partner Vinny Raniolo, and the young and talented Jan Knutson.
Frank Vignola, born December 30th, 1965, is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His 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, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s stellar technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest stars of the guitar”.
Vinny Raniolo's dynamic playing has brought him to 18 countries performing alongside Frank Vignola, Tommy Emmanuel, Vince Giordano, and Deana Martin. Raniolo has also been featured on three PBS Music shows including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends, Frank Vignola's Four Generations of Guitar, and in the Music Gone Public series. Film and recording credits include soundtracks and on-screen appearances for HBO's “Boardwalk Empire”, Woody Allen's film “Café Society” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman”.
Jan Knutson is an extremely versatile musician. This 19-year-old guitarist has performed at major venues across the country.
Jan was a 2016 Strathmore Artist, was featured at the 2017 Richmond Folk Festival, and has had the honor of performing with such luminaries as Bucky Pizzarelli, Julian Lage, and Martin Taylor. Jan has recorded two solo CDs and currently studies with Rodney Jones at the Manhattan School of Music.