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Performing Arts grad honored with Grammy award

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Posted at 3:48 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 15:48:15-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Sunday, January 26, 2020 will forever be etched into the memory of a graduate of Buffalo's Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts.

Jonathon Deas walked away with not one, but three Grammy Awards Sunday evening, including Best Contemporary Blues Album. The Buffalo born musician plays keyboard with the Gary Clark Jr. band.

According to his aunt, Deas got his musical start while attending services at Greater Emmanuel Temple Church on Richmond Avenue in Buffalo. His grandfather, the late Bishop Robert Deas, served as pastor of the church.

And Jonathon wasn't the only musician representing Western New York during the 76th Grammy Awards. Amy Schroeder, a 2002 graduate of Amherst High School, was awarded the Grammy in the Chamber Music/Small Ensemble performance category. Schroeder, who is also a graduate of Julliard, plays violin with the Attacca Quartet.