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Favorite website
http://www.jayvonada.net
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http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jayvonada
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East of Pittsburgh near State College PA
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
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About Me:
Jay Vonada, from Aaronsburg PA, is a trombonist in the central region of Pennsylvania. He has played with
such notables as Russ Kassoff, Dennis Mackrel , Catherine Dupuis, Steve Rudolph, Phil Haynes, Jay Anderson,
Eddie Severn, Mark Lusk, Dan Yoder and Rick Hirsch.

He recorded his debut CD Jammin’ in 2008, featuring his quartet of piano, bass, and drums. Here are some reviews it has received:

From Ed Blanco (ejazz news)

Jammin’ seems a very appropriate title for Jay T. Vonada’s debut release for in many ways the music does come across like
a jazzy jam session in a smoke-filled room of a jazz club and that’s made as a compliment not a criticism for some of the
best jazz you may ever hear will be in one of these places.

From Tony Rogers (jazzcdreviews.com)

From seemingly out of nowhere comes trombonist Jay Vonada, a native of the central Pennsylvania town of Aaronsburg.
He won a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music and has played with such jazz luminaries as sax man Bob
Mintzer and vocalist Catherine Dupuis. But his debut debut CD, "Jammin," is a homegrown, self-produced affair, and it's a
winner.

From Dan MacIntosh (Audioxposure)

Some have called jazz America’s classical music. Unfortunately, many have also treated jazz as though it were some stuffy,
snooty style, which it was never meant to be. Thankfully, Vonada and friends know it “don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that
swing,” because they swing this baby to the hilt.

From Rachel Sedacca (Indie-Music.com)

Vonada can be proud of this project, showcasing him not just as a trombonist but as a composer and a master of arrangement as well. The proof is in the pudding, and I think this project will give the band momentum and I wish them the
best, I think they’ve got the chops for certain. Well done.

Currently Vonada plays in several bands ranging from Dixieland to Big Band. His current quartet of guitar, bass and drums has played at Fairs and other venues in the central Pennslvania region. He can be reached at his email jvtrombone@verizon.net , or his website, www.myspace.com/jjazzbone.
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