Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo: ‘Better than caffeine’

Vinny Raniolo (left) and Frank Vignola performing live in the Jazz24/KPLU Seattle studios on May 30, 2013.  Credit: Justin Steyer
Vinny Raniolo (left) and Frank Vignola performing live in the Jazz24/KPLU Seattle studios on May 30, 2013. Credit: Justin Steyer

Frank Vignola is well-known as one of the most amazing guitarists on today’s jazz scene. Five years ago he hooked up with a young, extremely accomplished guitarist named VinnyRaniolo.

Since then they’ve worked together in a number of different group configurations but they’re at their best when it’s just the two of them, each armed with an acoustic guitar and a great desire to have a good time.

And that’s exactly what they do in this studio session with jazz host, Abe Beeson.

They begin with a lovely arrangement of It Might As Well Be Spring. Then they up the ante with a mash-up of Tico-Tico and (of all things) a very souped-up version of the old rock ‘n roll classic, Apache.

That was just for openers.

After that, they served up a medley of Classical music and topped it all off with their barely controlled version of Flight Of The Bumblebee that host, Abe Beeson said was better than caffene.

And it all swings like crazy.

Watch, or listen to experience these two stunningly gifted guitars players having themselves a ball. You will too.

You can also find our Studio Sessions available as a video podcast in iTunes.  The link can be found here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kplu-studio-sessions-video/id657517777

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