Recording artist and Yamaha guitar clinician Vinny Valentino will present a free guitar workshop at Andy’s Music, 1412 Hillcrest Road at 7:00 p.m., December 10. Admission is free, but tickets are required and advance reservations are recommended since seating is based on space availability. Call 251-633-8944 for details.
Vinny is a native Virginian and has been playing guitar since age six. He is the newest member of the Jazz and Fusion super group Vital Information.
Vinny earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at Howard University. He began his musical studies at Northern Virginia Community College and continued them at George Mason University before concentrating on jazz at Howard. In 1988, he released his first solo recording entitled Vinny Valentino, and now has five recordings to his credit.
His international debut recording, The Distance Between Two Lines, shot straight up the charts to #2 and stayed on the national charts for more than 14 weeks – an unprecedented achievement for a first international release. Paul Anthony of Jazz Unlimited called it “one of the top five albums of 1993.”
Based in New York City, Vinny tours extensively, playing concerts, festivals, and club engagements around the world. Currently in addition to performing with his own bands, Vinny is performing with Bill Evans as well as Steve Smith and Vital Information.