Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniola

Swing Xing! Three Generations of Swing Guitar, showcases three of the top swing guitarists in the world.  All hailing from different generations, this esteemed guitar trio combines the expert musicianship and precision of swing guitar with the whimsical flair of vaudeville.

Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli has been thrilling audiences with his signature swinging style for close to seven decades. Throughout that time, Bucky has played with a veritable Who’s Who of bandleaders and performers including musical giants like Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Stephane Grappelli, Tony Bennett, Zoot Sims, and Les Paul among others. Besides becoming a fixture on the big band circuit and in the studio, Pizzarelli also took a stint in The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Pizzarelli, known for his masterful chord soloing and extraordinary rhythm, was also one of the first jazz guitarists to master the seven-string guitar, employing the extra string for basslines in order to enrich his solo performances and sessions. The 87 year old swing-era icon has fathered equally swinging musicians, including well-known guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli.

Frank Vignola has emerged as one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing today, playing along such names as Madonna, Ringo Starr, Tommy Emmanuel, Wynton Marsalis and guitar legend Les Paul, who placed Vignola on his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” for the Wall Street Journal. Artist’s Website

Vinny Raniolo exploded into the music world in the 2000’s as part of a duo with Frank Vignola.  Still in his twenties, Raniolo has already toured 14 different countries and performed with such notable names as David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel, establishing himself as one of the best new guitarists on the scene. Artist’s Website

JazzChats are informal discussions led by jazz radio hosts and leaders with the artist one hour prior to the concert.  Join us at the Shalin Liu Performance Center for this summer’s JazzChats!