Frank Vignola and the Virtuoso Band - Concert in Salt Lake City - Oct. 24, 2011

The Capitol Theater just before the large audience started to arrive.

This Frank Vignola Concert is part of the JazzSLC Concert Series produced by Gordon Hanks with Amanda Lufkin as the executive director. JazzSLC is a nonprofit concert series and is in its 18th year.

(Click on the pictures to see enlarged view)

Frank Vignola and the Virtuoso Band: 
Frank Vignola - Guitar
Vinny Raniolo - Rhythm Guitar
Jon Burr - Bass
Zack Brock - Violin
Julien Labro - Accordion

Each musician was a virtuoso! Even with my old non-HD video camera, I think you'll agree.
*Don't miss the ending of this number:

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo
Frank said: "We will perform Mozart, Beethoven’s Fifth, a tribute to Django Reinhardt and Les Paul, Simon and Garfunkel, Rimsky-Korsakov and more."

(Concert Pictures were taken by Michael Mangum Photography.)
(The Poster at the top by Whitney Bushman of Pixels Photography)

I kept hearing comments like " Amazing! I will be here with all of my friends the next time they come."
*Enjoy their closing number that night:

Ryan and his guitars in the lobby - before, during intermission, and after the show. 
We had to wait until near the end to take these pictures because there were so many people around Ryan that we couldn't get a good picture. What a great problem to have!

A line up of Ryan's beautiful guitars at the show.

Listen to Frank Vignola's comments at the concert about Steve Williams of KUER and his Thorell Guitar:
 Here is Frank talking about his Thorell Guitar when he first got it::

Michael and Gayla Dowdle admiring one of Ryan's Guitars
(Mike and Gayla have allowed Ryan to use their private recording studio - Thanks!)

Someone admiring the inlay work on one of Ryan's guitars.

Ryan stated, "This guitar is a new Guardsman Jumbo Flattop which is inlaid with an organic looking vine design based around local native plants."
Below are two close up views of that beautiful inlay work:
(click on these pictures to enlarge)
(Pictures by Steve Tregeagle)

What an incredible day!
My wife, Sondra, and I had lunch with Frank and the Band in the afternoon, enjoyed one of the most amazing concerts we have ever heard that evening and then in addition, saw our son's guitars admired and praised by almost everyone there.

Thank you has to be given to Gordon Hanks and JazzSLC. The great drummer, Jeff Hamilton, was here last month and said he didn't know of a better jazz promoter in the entire country than Gordon Hanks. Take a look at the wonderful jazz programs Gordon and JazzSLC have sponsored over the past 18 years:

Ryan's love of playing jazz guitar in high school and then making his beautiful guitars can be directly traced to his love of the great jazz musicians that Gordon Hanks brought to Salt Lake City over the years.(

Thanks Gordon for all you have done for my son and so many hundreds of others over the years. Take a look at what Gordon has meant to the jazz programs in our Utah high schools and colleges:

Thank you Gordon Hanks and Frank Vignola - You are both as good as it gets! 

2012-2013 JazzSLC Concert Series:
Treat yourself to a great time!

(Picture by Janet Jonas)


Even more about Frank Vignola and other Thorell Guitar players: