Vin "Vinny" D’Onofrio is a guitar player, songwriter and singer from Long Island, New York. Vin's music style combines elements and influences of blues, rock, pop, jazz and country. Vin's main interest is writing, recording and performing his original songs and collaborations.
Vin went to Berklee College Of Music, studied guitar with Pat Metheny, and gigged with bands in Boston and New England before moving to Los Angeles in 1979.
As a professional guitar player, Vin has played with many musicians, entertainers and artists on their albums, tours and gigs including; Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Sergio Mendes, Johnny Rivers, Engelbert Humperdinck, Petula Clark, Dori Caymmi, Pauline Wilson, Rick Braun, John Beasley, Yutaka Yokokura, John Schneider, Lannie Kazan, J.J. Jackson, L.A. Samba, Kamp Squeebop, The Willys and performed at the Hollywood Bowl, The London Palladium, The Greek Theater, The Blue Note, The Tonight Show, The Troubadour, The Palomino and various other concert halls, music festivals, nightclubs and music venues.
Vin’s recording credits on guitar include:
- Billboard #1, Grammy winning album - Stardust, The Great American Songbook by Rod Stewart
- Billboard #7, Grammy nominated album - Moonlight Serenade by Carly Simon
- Billboard #6, single - Let It Snow by Carly Simon
- Billboard Smooth Jazz #2, album & single - Cat Food by Bryan Savage
Vin’s songwriter or co-writer recording credits include:
- Vin’s EP Dreams & Schemes (2016) and CD's, Love Swamp (2010) Time And Place (2007) and Slice Of Life (2005).
- Original songs on albums by trumpet player Rick Braun, vocalists Will Downing, Pauline Wilson, Chie Ayado and sax player Bryan Savage.
- Over 250 production music compositions for various media including, Entertainment Tonight, Outdoor Channel, Weird TV, and E True Hollywood Stories.
Vin currently lives in Los Angeles, California making music, performing and creating visual art.
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Variety - "(Rick Miramontez) romped through an Antonio Carlos Jobim medley ... masterfully supported by guitarist Vinny D'Onofrio"
L.A. Jazz Scene - "Some of the highlights were "Tico Tico"... D'Onofrio and Kinnon were featured with fine solo work. On "Berimbau" ... there was a beautiful guitar solo from D'Onofrio"
Music Connection - "Guitarist D'Onofrio was an especially potent force, and his technique ... matched that of the leader"