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Donald Vega — Piano

Donald Vega

Donald Vega arrived in the U.S. from Nicaragua at the age of 14.  He spoke no English (except two words: “Bud Powell”) but quickly won the attention of Henry Mancini and jazz critic Leonard Feather by winning the prestigious Los Angeles Spotlight Awards competition.  He has since graduated from The Juilliard School where he studied with piano great Kenny Barron, and has collaborated  with masters in jazz such as Billy Higgins, Francisco Aguabella, Justo Almario, Milt Jackson, Bennie Wallace, Diana Krall, Lewis Nash, Al McKibbon and Alex Acuña. His first album as a leader, Tomorrows, was released in 2008 to rave reviews.  Recent awards include the Downbeat Jazz Soloist Award in 2008 and winner of the 2010 Great American Jazz Piano Competition.  Vega currently resides in New York City where he is working on the release of his second album.

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