February 23, 2010
UPTON, NY — Guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola will perform at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in Berkner Hall. Joining Vignola on stage will be “Bucky” Pizzarelli, the American jazz guitarist and banjoist. Sponsored by the BNL Music Club, the concert is open to the public. All visitors to the Laboratory 16 and older must bring a photo I.D.
To celebrate the music by jazz legend Django Reinhardt, born 100 years ago, Vignola has assembled Frank Vignola’s Hot Club with a topnotch quintet. Reinhardt led the well-known Quintet of the Hot Club of France in the 1930s and 1940s.
Vignola’s commitment to gypsy jazz has earned him appearances with musicians including Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O’Connor, and Babik Reinhardt, the son of Django Reinhardt. Vignola has performed at venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and with the Boston Pops and New York Pops Orchestras. He is also the founding music director for the annual Django Reinhardt New York Festival in New York City.
The New York Times proclaimed, “Only a musician of the caliber of Frank Vignola, an accomplished and influential guitarist in his own right, could dare tackle the monumental task of honoring the centennial of the legendary Django Reinhardt.”
Tickets for the show are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Tickets may be purchased through www.ticketweb.com or at the door. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. For more information, call 631 344-3846.
For more information on Frank Vignola and to listen to audio clips go to: www.frankvignola.com.
2010-11083 | INT/EXT | Media & Communications Office