OCCC Cultural Arts Series Kicks Off 2013 with Frank Vignola, Jan. 24

    (Published: 01-02-13)

Frank Vignola

Start your new year off right – with guitarist Frank Vignola at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC), Jan. 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Bruce Owen Theater.

Acclaimed as one of the most extraordinary guitarists before the public today, Vignola is the guitarist of choice by 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. Vignola’s technique shows why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest…stars of the guitar.”

Vignola, raised in the New York area, started playing the guitar at the age of six and grew up admiring a variety of guitarists. Vignola was a major fan of jazz, classical, rock, R&B, and pop music.

Vignola studied at the Cultural Arts Center of Long Island, NY, and went on to play an enormous number of sideman gigs in the 1980s including recording and touring with the likes of Madonna, Leon Redbone and Ringo Starr. Vignola came into his own as a leader in 1988 with his famed Hot Club of France tribute which was hailed in the New York Times as one of the top ten acts in New York City in 1988.

In 1993, Vignola signed with Concord Jazz and recorded his first Concord session as a leader of Appel Direct. Many more Concord releases followed in the 1990s as well as three releases for the Telarc label as co-leader of the group Travelin' Light.

The early 2000's found Vignola recording a solo guitar CD for Acoustic Disc as well as performing regularly with guitarist Les Paul. This also marked the time when Vignola began working with record producer Joel Dorn and making featured appearances on Atlantic, Sony and Warner Brothers Records with the likes of Donald Fagen, Queen Latifah, Mark O’Connor and Wynton Marsalis. Vignola also recorded a collection of Gershwin pieces for Mel Bay Records titled, "Vignola Plays Gershwin" which rose to number two in NPR radio airplay charts.

In recent years, Vignola has recorded two important collaborative CD's, "Just Between Frets" with Tommy Emmanuel on Solid Air Records and "Frank-N-Dawg, Melody Monsters" with mandolinist David Grisman on Acoustic Disc Records.

Vignola has written 18 guitar instruction books for Mel Bay Publications and has recorded six educational DVD's for Truefire.com. He has conducted hundreds of clinics and master classes at major universities and colleges throughout the world including Julliard and Boston University. Currently, Vignola is touring worldwide.  

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.occc.edu/cas, or call the Cultural Programs department at (405) 682-7579.