“Valentino does it all. He’s modern and eclectic, but also distinctive and well-rooted.”
—The Roanoke Times
Acclaimed jazz guitarist Vinny Valentino brings his formidable trio to Zinc jazz club on Monday, December 16. He’s supported by bassist John Benitez and drummer Joel Rosenblatt.
Versatile is an understatement when describing guitarist and composer, Vinny Valentino. Playing guitar since age six, this native Virginian began touring in a progressive rock band while still in high school. At age 16, influenced by the music of George Benson, Vinny began pursuing Jazz as a career. He recalls, “The turning point for me was hearing George Benson in concert; I had never heard anybody play like that. It was an eye-opening experience.”
Vinny earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at HowardUniversity. He began his musical studies at NorthernVirginiaCommunity College and continued them at GeorgeMasonUniversity before concentrating on jazz at Howard. In 1988, he released his first solo recording entitled, Vinny Valentino, and now has twelve recordings to his credit.
Endorsements include Yamaha Guitars and Pro Audio, D’Addario strings, Cakewalk Music Software, Digitech Effects, ADK Microphones, and TKL Cases. Vinny has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Steve Smith, Tom Coster, Russell Ferrante, Tom Scott, Gary Bartz, Victor Bailey, John Benitez, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, John Patitucci, Randy Brecker, George Benson, Steve Gadd, Chick Corea, Dennis Chambers, Bill Evans and Jimmy McGriff.
Showtimes are at 7:30 pm & 9:00 pm. Tickets: $20 / $25 at door. For more info call (212) 477-9462 or visit https://zincjazz.com.