The David Grisman Quintet has announced that noted jazz guitarist Frank Vignola will be joining the group.
Frank has been working as a professional musician since he was in his teens, doing clubs and sessions in and around his native New York City. He recorded and toured with a number of big selling artists, but drew attention to himself when he launched a Hot Club Of France tribute band in 1988, a group which has been credited as sparking the resurgence of interest in the music of Django Reinhardt in the United States.
He started a recording career with Concord Jazz in 1993, and released several projects there and on other labels, but captured the attention of acoustic music fans as a member of Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing group. He has a CD with Casey Dreissen and Matt Flinner called Gyspy Grass which mixes bluegrass and Django-inspired influences.
Vignola has also produced a number of instructional projects for Mel Bay, including books, CDs, DVDs and downloadable video lessons. Frank’s newest CD, Vignola Plays Gershwin, is on the Mel Bay label.
The tour schedule for The David Grisman Quinet can be found on their site.