Guitarists Vignola and Raniolo to team up at McCoy theater

Jazz guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater with fellow guitarist Vinny Raniolo on Wednesday.

A versatile musician, Vignola has played with many artists across a spectrum of genres including Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis and Les Paul.

Adept at many styles from fusion and pop to hard bop and swing, he was influenced by such guitar legends as Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian.

The New York Times has hailed him as “one of the brightest stars of the guitar.” And an Intermission Magazine review noted: “There is little in this world so awe-inspiring as witnessing total mastery of a musical instrument.”

His latest album, “Swing Zing,” a collection of duets with Raniolo, prompted Jazz Times to declare: “The chemistry they’ve developed over the years is evident on every track from the opening nod to Beethoven’s ‘Fifth’ to the rhythmically insinuating closer, Sting’s ‘Walking on the Moon.'”

* Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo will play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the MACC’s McCoy Studio Theater. Tickets are $38 and $48 and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or by visiting www.mauiarts.org.

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