New Jersey Jazz Society

Jazzfest 2010
Frank Vignola's Hot Club

From left, Julien Labro, accordion; Zach Brock, violin; Frank Vignola, leader/guitar; Vinny Raniolo, guitar; Gary Mazzaroppi, bass. This Hot Club set opened with a moderately swinging “Stardust,” by the trio of Vignola/Raniolo/Mazzaroppi and segued into a faster- paced “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” with the full quintet, featuring fine solos by Brock and Labro. Next, a very spirited “Tico, Tico,” followed by an original tune, “Gypsy Mania,” dedicated to Stephane Grappelli — played with astonishing speed and great finesse, a real banquet of gypsy vibes for Django Reinhart’s Centennial. After a medley of two pieces from Carmen, the Pizzarellis happened through and were invited up for “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” John taking the lead. The climactic finale: “Limehouse Blues” with everyone taking a turn, and Harry Allen eventually joining into the fray.

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