T Jarrod Bonta

The first question is usually, "What does the 'T' stand for?"

And there are probably reasonable answers: terrific, Texas, tubular, tantalizing...  but none of these would be the real answer. His name is just 'T' - it's on his birth  certificate.

Then, the second question is, how does someone so young play these piano styles with such authority and authenticity, as if he were the originator - boogie-woogie, stride, country, jazz, one song sounding like Pig Robbins, then the next song, like Nat Cole or Art Tatum. It's admittedly a good question and not one so easily answered as his short given name.

T Jarrod (full name, T Jarrod Bonta) has been performing in his home town of Austin, TX, since he was twelve years old. He has played or recorded with a variety of Texas' elite: Rosie Flores, Johnny Bush, Wayne Hancock, Cornell Hurd, The Horton Brothers, Jim Stringer & the AM Band, Marti Brom, and many others. As if there were ample time left, his own band, The T Jarrod Quartet, has been performing regularly since about 2000, playing a mix of western swing, jazz and country.

T's goal has not been to use his talent to achieve fame or fortune, but rather to refine his abilities and to seek to be the best player that he can be. One of life's lessons is that TALENT gives you a head start, but HARD WORK eventually moves you much further along. And when you mix immense talent with really hard work - well, you wind up with a musician like T Jarrod Bonta.


"Mr Jukebox" released Jan 31, 2016

T Jarrod Bonta's previous release, “White Lines”, was eagerly received by roots music lovers and no less should be expected from his newest offering, "Mr. Jukebox". Bonta exposes some fresh ground and cultivates it to a bountiful harvest.

The feel of the songs ranges from Texas two-step shuffles such as "Mr Jukebox" and "Take Me Down", the rockin' toe tapper, "Nine Pound Hammer", up-tempo western swing, "Tennessee to Texas", and even a murder ballad, "Something on my Mind". If like many fans, you barely recognize today's "country" music as deserving of that label, then this CD will be a refreshing reminder that the genre is still alive and thriving in Austin, Texas.