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Pianist Joe Bonner was arguably the most enigmatic character on the Denver jazz scene for decades, yet his talent was hardly a mystery. Fortunately for jazz pianist Joe Bonner, enough people heard him play. People like legendary drummer Roy Haynes, who hired Bonner to replace Chick Corea in his band at Count Basie's Club in Harlem. Another was trumpeting great Freddie Hubbard, who Bonner performed with in the early 1970s, and saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, another jazz giant who recognized Bonner's talent and hired him. The challenge has always been getting others to hear. Bonner has a unique jazz story


Article: Interview

Salim Washington: To Be Moved to Speak

Read "Salim Washington: To Be Moved to Speak" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

To audiences in Boston or New York, Salim Washington is not just a great musician, he is a community builder. Having first established the Roxbury Blues Aesthetic, then the Harlem Arts Ensemble, Washington has throughout his career carefully nurtured collectives of musicians who in turn generated irreplaceable music scenes at venues like Connolly's in Boston and ...


Current Events

Label: Akashic Records
Released: 2014


News: Obituary

Pianist Joe Bonner Passes

Pianist Joe Bonner Passes

By Arturo Gomez, KUVO Denver The extremely gifted composer and pianist, a resident of the Denver area since the early 1980s has passed away. Joe Bonner was born April 20, 1948 in Rocky Mount, NC, he died Friday, November 20, 2014 in jny: Denver. He recorded and toured with many giants of jazz including Pharaoh Sanders, ...


Article: Album Review

Frank Lacy & the Smalls Legacy Band: Live at Smalls

Read "Live at Smalls" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Da un paio d'anni il trombonista Frank Lacy guida un sestetto di giovani emergenti che ora presenta in questo scintillante compact live, tratto da due serate (16 e 17 ottobre 2012) allo Smalls Jazz Club di New York. Ku-umba mette in evidenza la lunga esperienza di hard-bopper svolta nei gruppi di McCoy Tyner, ...


Benazir, Benazir

Featuring the music of Joe Bonner
Duration: 6:16

Joe Bonner performs solo piano @ Cherry Sound in Denver 2013.

Article: Multiple Reviews

Alice Coltrane: The Flowering of Astral Jazz

Read "Alice Coltrane: The Flowering of Astral Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

The launch of Impulse! Records' 2-on-1 reissue series--which packages two original LPs on one CD--includes six key albums from the glorious first flowering of the astral jazz forged by pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane and saxophonist Pharoah Sanders on Impulse! towards the end of the 1960s. The style emerged following saxophonist John Coltrane's ...


Article: Live Review

Curtis Clark, Connie Crothers, and Joe Bonner: Exploring the World of Piano in Northampton, MA

Read "Curtis Clark, Connie Crothers, and Joe Bonner: Exploring the World of Piano in Northampton, MA" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Curtis Clark, Connie Crothers, Joe Bonner World of Piano Series Northampton Center of the Arts Northampton, Massachusetts Sitting at the piano before playing it is somewhat like sitting at a drawing table in front of a blank piece of paper before drawing on it. The keyboard is like the piece ...


Suburban Fantasies

Label: Kedar Entertainment Group
Released: 2007



Label: Kedar Entertainment Group
Released: 1983


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