Vignola Trio performs free jazz concert Sunday
Published 2:24 pm, Monday, January 17, 2011
An afternoon of jazz will be performed Sunday by the Frank Vignola Trio at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.
The free performance, "Gypsy Jazz," gets under way at 2 p.m. and is sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave.
Vignola has collaborated with Lionel Hampton and Madonna, and covered Mozart and Black Sabbath on the same record. Playing and composing in many genres, Vignola's local performance will be a tribute to one of his icons, Django Reinhardt, on the centennial of the gypsy jazz legend's birth.
Born on suburban Long Island, Vignola was raised in the New York area and started playing the guitar when he was 5 years old. Growing up, Vignola did not listen to jazz exclusively and was also a fan of rock, R&B and pop. As a young adult, he studied at the Cultural Arts Center of Long Island. He was a sideman during the 1980s at recording and touring with Madonna, Leon Redbone and Ringo Starr.
He moved from sideman to leader in 1988 with his Hot Club of France tribute, called by the New York Times one of the top-10 acts of the year and paving the way for the many Django Hot Club groups that followed. He has appeared with performers such as Donald Fagen, Queen Latifah, Mark O'Connor and Wynton Marsalis. Frank has performed hundreds of clinics and master classes at major universities and colleges throughout the country, including Julliard and Boston University.
Doors at the senior center open at 1 p.m., with complimentary refreshments at 1:30 p.m. before the 2 p.m. performance.
Although the show is free, since a large crowd is expected, it is recommended that those planning to attend call the senior Ccnter at 203-341-5099 to reserve a space.