Frank Vignola is a world-renowned jazz guitarist with a 40-year touring history. Frank's career has included performances and/or recordings with a broad spectrum of artists including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Les Paul, and Tommy Emmanuel. He is a sought after instructor for guitar camps around the globe, and offers a series of his own online classes in addition to offering hard copy instructional DVDs. Frank can be seen on two PBS specials; his own "Four Generations of Guitar" with Bucky Pizzarelli, and also on "Tommy Emmanuel & Friends".
Vinny Raniolo has been Frank Vignola's touring partner for 14 years. Vinny is in high in demand as a rhythm player, and a wonderful lead in his own write. He has played on a movie soundtrack for Woody Allen, and for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Vinny has collaborated on educational products with both Vignola and Stephan Grossman's Guitar Workshop. He has been featured on both Vignola's, and Tommy Emmanuel's latest recording releases, in addition to his own solo release, "Air Guitar."
Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of jazz.” An eloquent and versatile improviser, Bertoncini has been heard with extraordinary jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, and Hubert Laws, among others, as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, and Eydie Gorme.
James Chirillo is on the jazz faculty at the Julliard School in NYC and appears regularly with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis. James works with such diverse artists as Paquito D’Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon and Michael Feinstein. He has been a participant on countless recordings – with Tony Bennett, Joe Lovano, Houston Person, and more, and on the soundtracks of Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown, Everyone Says I Love You and also movies such as Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator.
Frank Sole began playing guitar at just 8-years-old after listening to a family member's Chet Atkins record.
He is an experienced performer and has been a dedicated teacher for the past 46 years. Frank has a B.A. from Rutgers in Classical Guitar and a K-12 teaching certification. He plays jazz, rock, and classical guitar, and is always striving to improve and learn something new. Frank's two main jazz teachers were saxophonist Fred Amend, of Cranford, NJ and guitarist Jeff Ciampa of Warwick, NY.
Jimmy Bruno is a master jazz guitarist and jazz educator. One of the most celebrated jazz guitarists performing today, Jimmy Bruno came to prominence as a jazz musician in the 1990's, after a successful twenty-year career as a sought-after commercial guitarist and session musician. After a whirlwind round-the-world tour as the youngest member of the Buddy Rich Orchestra, he went on to play guitar in orchestras for Frank Sinatra, Doc Severinsen, Lena Horne, and many more music icons. Additionally, he spent many years as an LA session musician working with Tommy Tedesco. By the time he was in his mid-thirties he was ready to come out of the background and into the spotlight. Jimmy moved back East and landed a deal with Concord Records, going on to record 13 critically-acclaimed CDs and perform in highly-regarded jazz festivals around the globe.
Ryan Thorell is a master luthier and owner of Thorell Fine Guitars in West Logan, Utah. He built the guitar that Frank Vignola plays most and has also helped to develop a signature F.V. model guitar for Eastman. Ryan will be joining us with his partner Joanne for Q&As regarding how to keep your guitar in the best of shape and they will also offer set-ups and suggestions for your guitar as time allows.
..... UPDATE 6/26/19 .....
RYAN THORELL IS UNABLE TO JOIN US THIS YEAR
We wish Ryan a speedy recovery as he heals from a hand injury. He hopes to be with us in 2020.