Fiery fretboards: The flying fingers of Frank and Vinny light up Jersey woods

Fiery fretboards: The flying fingers of Frank and Vinny light up Jersey woods

Sparks were flying from the fretboards of Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo at last month’s Folk Project Acoustic Getaway. Just as fun were a pair of workshops from these two guitar wizards.

A three-day vacation? For $200? ‘Acoustic Getaway’ even includes guitar great Frank Vignola, May 23-25

A three-day vacation? For $200?  ‘Acoustic Getaway’ even includes guitar great Frank Vignola, May 23-25

Performance anxiety? Frank Vignola promises to cure you in his guitar workshops at the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway, described as a ‘three-day vacation for $200.’

Video: Bucky’s Bickford Birthday Bash in Morris Township

Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub and Gene Bertoncini pose after Bucky's 88th birthday bash at the Bickford. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

He’s one of the masters of jazz. Bucky Pizzarelli demonstrates why, in this video on the eve of his 88th birthday, at the Bickford in Morris Township.

Video: Still swinging at 88, jazz guitar great Bucky Pizzarelli at the Bickford

MURDERER'S ROW: Heavy hitters of jazz at the Bickford, from left: Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub, Gene Bertoncini, Jerry Bruno and Jay Dittamo. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Time for a musical romp with Bucky Pizzarelli & Pals, from his 88th birthday bash at the Bickford.

Video: Frank and Vinny dive into Swan Lake, from the Minstrel in Morris Township

Video: Frank and Vinny dive into Swan Lake, from the Minstrel in Morris Township

  Roll over, Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news: “We’re going to the ballet, Peter… and Martin Short and Steve Martin are tagging along.” That gives you an idea of what jazz guitar virtuosos Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo were up to on Friday at The Minstrel in Morris Township. You could say they dove […]

Video: Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar Summit in Morristown

GUITAR SUMMIT: From left: Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub and Gene Bertoncini, at the 2013 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

If there were a Mount Rushmore of jazz guitarists, these guys might be on it: Bucky Pizzarelli, who has accompanied everyone worth accompanying since Benny Goodman, was joined in a “Guitar Summit” at Saturday’s Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival by Ed Laub, Frank Vignola and special guest Gene Bertoncini. Bucky continues to tease delightful sounds […]

Chinese Dance, Solid Brass, and Guitar Gods: First Night in Morristown from Marie Pfeifer

The Nai Ni Chen Dance Company at Morristown High School for First Night 2012. Photo by Marie Pfeifer

By Marie Pfeifer First Night Morris 2012 featured something for everyone. Here is what caught my eye (and ears). Photos by Marie Pfeifer.Please click icon below for captions. The Gods of Jazz The duo of Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo jazzed it up with special guest Bucky Pizzarelli for a rendition of Stairway to Heaven […]

Video: Frank Vignola’s flying fingers make hummingbird wings look like slo-mo, on Morris Township stage

Frank Vignola, left, and Vinny Raniola at The Minstrel on Oct. 28. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

One of these days PBS should do a Nature special about guitarist Frank Vignola. How many extra fingers is he hiding–and why do they make hummingbird wings seem tortoise-like by comparison? Frank, who packages the virtuosity of Segovia with the impishness of Marx (Harpo, though he looks more like Chico), recently brought down the house […]

Video: Frank Vignola on Django, at the Bickford in Morris Township

It takes one to know one. Guitar wizard Frank Vignola pays tribute to the late, great Django Reinhardt after a 2010 concert at the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township celebrating Django’s legacy. Repost This Article