Virtually. NJ Jazz Society to feature ‘guitar magic’ at online

| 05 Jan 2021 | 03:06

Warwick guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo will team up from Vignola’s home to present a virtual concert on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 7-8 p.m.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Jazz Society, the concert can be viewed free on the society’s Facebook page (NJJS).

Vignola and Raniolo will be honoring New Jersey guitar greats such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Lou Pallo, Tony Mottola, Al Caiola, and Les Paul.

“We will play a tune or two for each of them,” said Vignola. “It will be a special hour.”

Pallo died on Oct. 28, 2020, at the age of 86.

Vignola and Raniolo have shared the stage on several occasions, and in 2019 released an album, Melody Magic, on the Azica label.

Mike Joyce, reviewing it for JazzTimes, pointed out that: “the chemistry they’ve developed over the years is evident on every track here, from the opening nod to Beethoven’s ‘Fifth’ to the rhythmically insinuating closer, Sting’s ‘Walking on the Moon.’”