Frank Vignola is a world-renowned jazz guitarist with a 40-year touring history. Frank's career has included performances and/or recordings with a broad spectrum of artists including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Les Paul, and Tommy Emmanuel. He is a sought after instructor for guitar camps around the globe, and offers a series of his own online classes in addition to offering hard copy instructional DVDs. Frank can be seen on two PBS specials; his own "Four Generations of Guitar" with Bucky Pizzarelli, and also on "Tommy Emmanuel & Friends".
A hectic touring schedule; eighteen recordings as a leader, countless sideman recordings including Ray Brown, Bobby Hutcherson, Roger Kellaway; soundtrack performances on three of Clint Eastwood’s films—most notably Academy Award-winning Million Dollar Baby; producer, arranger, acclaimed educator, in residence at USC’s Studio/Jazz Guitar Dept., when does Bruce Forman rest?
Deep immersion in American culture inspires Forman to contribute to the traditions that he drew from. Formanism (his trio project); original works like The Red Guitar; his popular podcast with Scott Henderson, GuitarWank; Cow Bop and the “road challenges” down historic byways like Route 66; JazzMasters Workshop; Junkyard Duo…these are only the latest answers to the endless question that underlies Bruce Forman’s creativity.
Sean McGowan is a fingerstyle jazz guitarist who combines many diverse musical influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo guitar. Sean is an avid arts educator and teaches at the University of Colorado. He is also a strong advocate for injury prevention and health education for musicians, teaching a holistic approach to the instrument in workshops throughout the country. Sean is the author of several method books, as well as jazz guitar courses on TrueFire.com
Ken F. Smith was born in Florida, USA and grew up in New Jersey and Abu Dhabi. Ken’s musical education includes a B.M. in Performance from Arizona State University. While living in Arizona, Ken worked as a soloist and ensemble member, playing everything from solo classical guitar to theater productions. Ken also began teaching the guitar at this time, creating a unique approach to applying the language of jazz to the fretboard. Since moving to New York City in 1997, Ken has performed and toured in the US, Asia and Europe, as a side man and leader. Ken is currently developing a suite of educational products that document his unique approach to teaching jazz guitar.
Currently one of the Pacific Northwests busiest and most well respected guitarists, Tim is a member of the legendary Northwest Gypsy Jazz Group Pearl Django. In between gigs with PD Tim tries to play as many Solo Guitar performance as he can fit into the schedule. Also a sought after session guitarist, Tim records frequently in Seattle and Vancouver.
In addition to his live playing and recording schedule Tim is also a well respected and popular teacher with a busy schedule of private lessons, classes and workshops. Recent activities include a new Instructional DVD for Hal Leonard Publishing and Master Class Videos for JazzGuitarSociety.com and a regular column in Fingerstyle Guitar Journal.
Vinny Raniolo has been Frank Vignola's touring partner for 14 years. Vinny is in high in demand as a rhythm player, and a wonderful lead in his own wright. He has played on a movie soundtrack for Woody Allen, and for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Vinny has collaborated on educational products with both Vignola and Stephan Grossman's Guitar Workshop. He has been featured on both Vignola's, and Tommy Emmanuel's latest recording releases, in addition to his own solo release, "Air Guitar."
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