|Frank Vignola Returns After Near-Fatal Crash
Appearing at Iridium
Monday, February 12, 2018 8pm
New York, NY 10019
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with the John di Martino Trio
Frank Vignola – Guitar
John di Martino – Piano
Nicki Parrott – Bass
Drums – Dag Markhus
“Vignola, who possesses jaw dropping technique, wears his influences on the tip of his pick”
– Mike Joyce, Washington Post
“Vignola returned on Sweet Georgia Brown, exhibiting his acoustic mastery in exhilarating single string runs, complex flurries and
astounding full register riffs. When speed and clarity were demanded, Vignola stunned.”
|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 ret urns to the stage in collaboration with the John di Martino Trio performing great American popular songs by Gershwin, Porter, Van Heusen, Berlin, Bernstein and more. He is grateful, and he’s excited to be back to introduce Frank Vignola with the John di Martino Trio.
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 le gend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Fi ve Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s stellar technique explains why the N ew York Times deemed him “one of the brightest stars of the guitar”.
John di Martino is a jazz pianist, arranger and producer, based in New York City. He has been described as a "shape – shifter", for his creativity across musical genres. John has performed and recorded with David "Fat Head" Newman, Pat Martino, Houston Person and Taj Mahal. Mr. di Martino is a sought after musical director. He has accompanied Jon Hendricks, Keely Smith, Billy Eckstine , and Janis Siegel. John's talents as arranger and pianist can be heard on recordings with Gloria Lynn, and Grady Tate. John's discography includes many Grammy nominated cds, among t hose are: "Love" with Issac Delgado, "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B", and "Live & In Clave" with Bobby Sanabria“
She has that special gift you cannot buy in a music store.” – LES PAUL
“Nicki brings clear articulation, beautiful tone, a sense of rhythmic assuredness
and a touch of allure to inventive arrangements.” – JAZZ TIMES
“Nicki Parrott could make anyone love jazz.” – CABARET SCENES
Jazz Drummer Dag Markhus is a Norwegian Manhattanite.