United – Jay T. Vonada


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Jay Vonada – Trombone
Kirk Reese – Keyboard
Bob Hart – Bass
Kevin Lowe – Drums


Playing everywhere from large festivals to brew houses, Jay T. Vonada is starting to make a name for himself as Central Pennsylvania’s “hard working trombonist”… Here he presents his home-spun quartet in a groove-laden trombone jazz quartet recording!

Some festivals Vonada and his quartet have performed at include, The Lebanon Jazz Festival, Media PA Jazz By Night Celebration, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Butler Fall Festival, Mansfield University Jazz Festival and Pittsburgh’s Stars at Riverview Park Concert Series. He attended Mansfield University from 1993-1997 studying jazz with Dr. Michael Galloway and trombone with Steve McEuen.

Keyboardist Kirk Reese has been an active part of the jazz scene in Pennsylvania for close to thirty years. He has performed with numerous notable jazz artists including Phil Woods, Lou Marini, Marvin Stamm and Terell Stafford. On the central Pennsylvania jazz scene, he has been asked to open for Bela Fleck and Flecktones, B.B. King and others. An active recording artist, he has appeared on countless recordings including one in particular with brother/flutist Tom Reese; “The Reese Project: Blue Etude”, which received a Grammy nomination in 2002. In 1997 the Reese brothers were nationally recognized by The Leonard Bernstein Foundation for “innovations in arts education”.

Bassist Bob Hart moved to State College from Brooklyn in 2013. He is active in a variety of musical genres, from jazz and rock to orchestral music.  He can be heard playing with many Central Pennsylvania groups, as well as with Sony recording artist Kat Edmonson, around the country.

Kevin Lowe is a drummer and composer, originally from Ithaca NY. He appears regularly around central Pennsylvania and on record with a wide variety of musicians, and has had compositions commissioned by Cornell University and Bucknell University. He earned a PhD in history from Penn State in 2013.