December 30, 1965|
West Islip, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, swing, pop|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger, producer, author|
|Labels||Concord Jazz, Acoustic Disc, Jazzology, Mel Bay, Azica|
|Associated acts||David Grisman, Mark O'Connor, Joe Ascione, Bucky Pizzarelli, Vinny Raniolo, Tommy Emmanuel|
Vignola grew up in Long Island, New York. His father played accordion and banjo and his brother plays trumpet. When he was five, he picked up the guitar, learning from his father and from records by Django Reinhardt, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Pass, and Johnny Smith. At 12 he started on the banjo, and two years later he won a national championship in Canada.
In Long Island, he studied guitar at the Cultural Arts Center. Early in his career, he went to used record stores to buy albums by musicians whose work he didn't know, so that he could study their music.
In 1987, when he was 23, he formed the Hot Club quintet, named after the Quintette du Hot Club de France. In the early 1990s, he was in New York City, playing in groups with Max Morath, Andy Stein, Herman Foster, Joe Ascione, and tuba player Sam Pilafian. He formed the Concord Jazz Collective with veteran guitarists Howard Alden and Jimmy Bruno. The roster of musicians he has worked with includes Leon Redbone, Ken Peplowski, Susannah McCorkle, Charlie Byrd, Joey DeFrancesco, Gene Bertoncini, Johnny Frigo, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wynton Marsalis, David Grisman, Jane Monheit, Mark O'Connor, and Donald Fagen.
He has written over fifteen instructional books for Mel Bay, produced several instructional DVDs, and teaches courses on the internet. He appeared on the PBS television programs Tommy Emmanuel and Friends and Four Generations of Guitar.
In May 2017, Frank Vignola was in a serious ATV accident when he was thrown into a tree and sustained many injuries. In November 2017, friend and fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel posted an update on Vignola's status, stating that he would be unable to play the guitar and may only recover after many surgeries and a long period of physical therapy.
- Appel Direct (Concord Jazz, 1993)
- Let It Happen (Concord Jazz, 1994)
- Concord Jazz Guitar Collective with Howard Alden, Jimmy Bruno (Concord Jazz, 1995)
- Look Right, Jog Left with Unit 4 (Concord, 1996)
- Deja Vu (Concord, 1999)
- Off Broadway (Nagel-Heyer, 2000)
- Without a Doubt with Joe Ascione, Mark Egan, Frank Wess, (Koch Jazz/eOne, 2000)
- Blues for a Gypsy (Acoustic Disc, 2001)
- Gypsy Soul (Jeb, 2003)
- Stringin' the Blues: A Tribute to Eddie Lang with Howard Alden (Jazzology, 2003)
- Vignola Plays Gershwin (Mel Bay, 2007)
- Kong Man (VM, 2008)
- Just Between Frets with Tommy Emmanuel (Solid Air, 2009)
- Gypsy Grass, The Vignola Collective (2009)
- 100 Years of Django (Azica, 2010)
- That's the Samba, It's the Dance of Love, Vol. 1 with Eddy Davis (New York Jazz, 2010)
- The New York Samba Vol. 2 with Eddy Davis (New York Jazz, 2010)
- An Evening with...Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo (Frank Vignola, 2011)
- Let's Jam with Vinny Raniolo (CD Baby, 2013)
- Melody Magic with Vinny Raniolo (Azica, 2013)
- Beloved Earth Songs with Vinny Raniolo (CD Baby, 2013)
- Gypsy Jazz Swing (Selectracks, 2014)
- Swing Zing! with Vinny Raniolo (Frank Vignola, 2015)
With Joe Ascione/The Frank & Joe Show
- 2004 33 1/3
- 2005 66 2/3
- 2006 Submarine Bus
With John Bunch
- 2008 Plays the Music of Irving Berlin (Except One)
- 2010 Do Not Disturb
With David Grisman
- 2008 Live at Jazz Alley
- 2012 First Time Together (Acoustic Disc)
With Jane Monheit
- 2009 The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me
- 2010 Home
With Mark O'Connor
- 2001 Hot Swing!
- 2003 Hot Swing Trio: In Full Swing
- 2005 Hot Swing Trio: Live in New York
- 2010 Jam Session
- 2011 An Appalachian Christmas
With Sam Pilafian
- 1991 Travelin' Light
- 1992 Christmas with Travelin' Light
- 1992 Makin' Whoopee
- 1995 Cookin' with Frank & Sam
- 1995 Getting It Together
With Bucky Pizzarelli
- 2005 Moonglow
- 2005 Favorite Solos
- 2008 So Hard to Forget
- 2009 Standards Live
With Leon Redbone
- 1988 Christmas Island
- 1992 Up a Lazy River
- 1991 Sugar
- 1994 Whistling in the Wind
- 2001 Any Time
- 2005 Live – December 26, 1992: The Olympia Theater, Paris France
- 1990 Land of the Bottom Line, John Gorka
- 1992 That Gerson Person, Roy Gerson
- 1991 Braggin' in Brass, Empire Brass
- 1993 Let's Be Buddies, George Masso
- 1994 We Three, Manhattan Rhythm Kings
- 1994 Down to Earth, Gully Low
- 1994 From Broadway to Bebop, Susannah McCorkle
- 1994 Goldkette Project, Vince Giordano
- 1994 Hoagy's Children Vol. 1, Bob Dorough, Barbara Lea, Dick Sudhalter
- 1994 Hoagy's Children Vol. 2, Bob Dorough, Barbara Lea, Dick Sudhalter
- 1995 Du Hot Club De Concord, Charlie Byrd
- 1996 Strings Attached, Peter Ecklund
- 1996 Trumpet Summit, Vince DiMartino
- 1999 Melodies Heard Melodies Sweet, Dick Sudhalter
- 1999 Goodfellas, Joey DeFrancesco
- 1999 Bistro Metronote Quintet
- 1999 Django Lives, Hot Club USA
- 1999 Last Swing of the Century, Ken Peplowski
- 2000 Re-Discovered Louis & Bix, Randy Sandke
- 2001 You Inspire Me, Diane Hubka
- 2002 Johnny Frigo's DNA Exposed!, Johnny Frigo
- 2002 Meeting of the Grooves, Gene Bertoncini
- 2006 Morph the Cat, Donald Fagen
- 2010 Hooked!, Lucy Woodward
- 2012 Thank You Les: A Tribute to Les Paul, Lou Pallo
- 2011 Jersey Guitar Mafia, Jersey Guitar Mafia
- "Acoustic Disc Online". www.acousticdisc.com. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
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