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Frank Vignola grew up on Long Island, New York. His father played accordion and banjo and his brother plays trumpet. When he was five, he picked up the guitar, learning from his father and from records by Django Reinhardt, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Pass, and Johnny Smith. At 12 he started on the banjo, and two years later he won a national championship in Canada.
On Long Island, he studied guitar at the Cultural Arts Center. Early in his career, he went to used record stores t... (more)
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Originally composed by Bronislaw Kaper, 'On Green Dolphin Street' is a prerequisite Jazz standard that has been covered by music royalty such as Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, and Herbie Hancock - but no version is more recognizable than that by the legendary Miles Davis on his 1959 release of 'Kind of Blue'. Practically dripping in smooth Jazz tones and transitions, this song provides a clinic on chord comping and improvisational melody skills that can be utilized in nearly any Jazz setting!
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'Sweet Georgia Brown' was written in 1925 by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard. It is aptly named after the newborn daughter of Georgia State House Representative at the time, George Brown. However, the most recognizable version of the song was recorded in 1949 by the band Brother Bones and His Shadows, and in 1952 was designated as the Harlem Globetrotter's theme song.
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"Black Orpheus" was written in 1959 and is a well-known Jazz standard written by Luiz Bonfa. Originally titled "Morning of the Carnival" in the soundtrack for the noted romantic tragedy movie by the same name, it features a sultry samba beat and has been widely covered over the years by musicians from many genres.
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This legendary track resides in the Grammy Hall of Fame and was written in 1932 by the great Duke Ellington with lyrics by Irving Mills. Known as a quintessential Jazz Standard the song pre-dates the "Swing" movement of 1935 and is actually credited with coining the term! It has since gone on to be covered by such legendary artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé, Louis Armstrong, and Tony Bennett.
It don't mean a thing unless you know how to play this timeless classic, so let's join Frank and get started!
"How High the Moon" is a classic jazz standard written in 1940 by Morgan Lewis and Nancy Hamilton. Originally, it was written as a Broadway tune for the revue "Two for the Show", but was later covered by a variety of artists including the one and only Les Paul along with Mary Ford in the Spring of 1951 where it spent nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts!
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Written by Cole Porter in 1944 for the musical, 'Mexican Hayride', "I Love You" has been covered by a host of legendary performers including Bing Crosby whose version of the song topped the Billboard charts for 5-weeks during an 18-week run. It has since become a Jazz standard included in recordings by Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and John Coltrane among others.
Time to join Frank in another complete break down of this popular Jazz standard!
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