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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So you want to learn some Jazz Standards. Well, you've come to the right place! Let's join legendary Jazz guitarist Frank Vignola in this ever-expanding course covering some of the most prolific Jazz tunes of the 20th Century and beyond!
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!
Although many recognize this foot-tapping Jazz classic as the theme song for the Harlem Globetrotters, '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.