Colorado audiences have been lucky to enjoy Bonner's virtuoso sensibility, most recently through his leadership of The Bonner Party, a confluence of four masters of improvisation, communing through an invisible, yet lucid joining, conceiving passionate solos, grooving counter bass lines, soulful harmonies and driving rhythms. Orchestrating a celebration of rich modern jazz textures, rooted in bebop, gospel and blues. Spirited improvised journeys travel paths where the vehicle is groove, exploring harmonic detours seldom experienced. Once the Party gets started, this quartet often achieves moments and spaces moving the listener in expanded directions, in turn, exhilarating the audience. This band turns the party out. Their latest release is “Lights Out,” which came out in 2004 on Akashic Records.
Joe Bonner (born April 20, 1948) is a hard bop and modal jazz jazz pianist, influenced by McCoy Tyner and Art Tatum.
He was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and studied at Virginia State College, but indicates he learned more by musicians he worked with. In the seventies he played with Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw and Billy Harper, among others.
Joe Bonner is a world famous jazz pianist living in Denver Colorado. I was lucky enough to be able to edit his entire studio session; soon to be released on DVD. Enjoy this sneak peak of Benazir Benazir, one of the cuts on his upcoming album