Joe Bonner

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For the American politician, see Jo Bonner. For the English rugby league footballer, see Joseph Bonnar.

Joe Bonner (born April 20, 1948- November 21, 2014) was 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,[1] but has indicated he learned more from musicians he worked with. In the seventies he played with Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw and Billy Harper, among others.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • Triangle (Whynot Records, 1975)
  • The Lifesaver (Muse Records, 1975)
  • Angel Eyes (Muse Records, 1976)
  • Parade (SteepleChase Records, 1979)
  • Impressions of Copenhagen (Theresa Records, 1981)
  • Devotion (SteepleChase, 1983)
  • Suburban Fantasies (SteepleChase, 1983)
  • Suite for Chocolate (SteepleChase, 1985) with Jesper Lundgaard
  • New Life (SteepleChase, 1986)
  • New Beginnings (Evidence, 1988)
  • Monkisms (Capri, 2000)
  • Lights Out (The Bonner Party, Akashic Records, 2001)
  • Current Events (Cherry Sound Records, 2013)

As sideman[edit]

With Richard Davis

With Billy Harper

With Azar Lawrence

With Pharoah Sanders

With Woody Shaw

With The Visitors

  • Motherland (Muse Records, 1975)


  1. ^ "Joe Bonner". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Joe Bonner Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 

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