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Jay T. Vonada Quartet CD: Jammin'

Jay T. Vonada, of Aaronsburg Pennsylvania, had his debut cd release in July of 2008. The CD features local talent from the central Pennsylvania region. The band features, Adam Kurland - Keyborads, Jacob Hibel - Bass, and John Sullivan - Drums, to round out the quartet.

Since leaving College, Jay has performed at his high school with the jazz band, in the pit orchestra for Penns Valley High School from 1999-2001, for the Bald Eagle Area High School from 2002-2004, for "Singing On Stages'" production of Dream Girls in 2006 and Oliver in 2007, and trombonist with the "Valley Jazz Orchestra" from 2004-2007, trombonist with "Jazz Innate", an octet from 2003-2005. He has played with Greg Johnson's "Jazz Monsters" and "Punk Jazz" and has played at the monthly "Jazz Jam at Sozo's" in State College. He was also the Lead Trombonist with the "Keystone Society of Swing Big Band", and trombonist with the "Summit City Saints" Dixieland band. He plays in a trombone quartet called "Trombone Chowder", and a newly formed five trombone and rhythm jazz group, "Slide Zone", and also plays in a newly formed sextet "Liquid Jazz". Jay has also had the privilege of playing with vocalist Catherine Dupuis, pianist Russ Kassoff, bassists Martin Wind and Jay Anderson, and drummers Tim Horner and Dennis Mackrel at the Jazz PA Festival from 2005-2008.

Jay's personal jazz improvisational style is grounded in the bebop tradition of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and J.J. Johnson. Since discovering Jazz in 1995, he listens to the masters through recordings and live performances, as he believes it's the only way jazz can be taught. He has over 500 CDs of the jazz masters, mostly trombonists. JJ. Johnson, Curtis Fuller, Carl Fontana, Frank Rosolino, Slide Hampton, Ray Anderson, Conrad Herwig, Steve Davis, Hal Crook, etc. Transcribing their solos or just learning them by ear is how he is developing as a jazz player.





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