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Joseph Bonner - Piano

One of the celebrated sons of the worldwide jazz community and the namesake of The Bonner Party, Joseph Bonner enjoyed musical tenures with several of the greatest jazz artists of all time, including Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Billy Harper and Pharaoh Sanders. He has released over a dozen albums as a leader as well as appearing on dozens more as a featured soloist and composer. Joseph was formally educated at Virginia State College, but his more significant learning transpired hanging out with Miles Davis and meeting John Coltrane. Influenced by Art Tatum, McCoy Tyner and Thelonius Monk, maestro Bonner's improvisations employ his deep roots in modern jazz, gospel, blues, R&B and Latin forms.

Discography

1988 New Beginnings (Evidence)
1996 New Life (SteepleChase)
1997 Two & One (SteepleChase)
2000 Monkisms (Capri)
2003 The Art of Jazz Piano (Black Orchard)
2004 Lights Out (Akashic Records)


Appears on

John Bolivar& Joseph Bonner - Joy to our World 1997
Richard Davis - Now's the Time 1992
Billy Harper - Black Saint 1975
Azar Lawrence - Bridge into the New Age 1974
Oneness of Juju - African Rhythms 1975
Oneness of Juju - Space Jungle Luv 1976
Oneness of Juju - African Rhythms: Oneness of Juju,...2001
Keith Oxman - Hard Times 2000
Pharoah Sanders - Black Unity 1971
Pharoah Sanders - Village of the Pharoahs 1971
Pharoah Sanders - Wisdom Through Music 1972

Songs appear on

Spanner Banner Chill
Spanner Banner Now & Forever
Jeff Barash Bouncin' on 160th Avenue
Roy Haynes Senyah
Muslim Muslim
Keith Oxman Hard Times
Pharoah Sanders Wisdom Through Music
Woody Shaw Last of the Line
Woody Shaw Woody Shaw Live, Vol.1

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Prasanna Bishop - Saxophones, Flute

Joseph's counterpart in the Bonner Party, Prasanna Bishop is grateful for his rich musical life, working not only as a player, but producer and recording engineer as well. His influences include Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Richie Cole, John Bolivar and Eddie Harris. Prasanna studied saxophone with Vic Morosco, improvisation with Charlie Shoemake, and composition at the Dick Grove School of Music as well as attending California State University at Long Beach and beginning meditation at the Osho Commune. His playing experiences include performing with the likes of Alyrio Lima (Weather Report), Richie Cole, John Bolivar, Billy Mitchell, String Cheese Incident, and Hazel Miller. He has produced and or recorded many top artists in various styles, such as Bill Frisell, String Cheese Incident, Jet, D12, Obie Trice and Marshall Mathers.

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Charles Ayash - Drums

Since starting playing drums in 1964, Charles Ayash has performed and recorded with saxophonist Richie Cole and pianist Joe Bonner, among others. Charles was influenced by Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Kenny Clark and Ringo Starr and studied with unsung jazz hero, Eric Gravatt.

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Artie Moore - Bass

Artie Moore, The Bonner Party bass player pontificates; "... I think the bass is God's instrument, because it's the foundation of modern music. Bass plays such a major role in every style - - in every style." Artie played with Richie Cole, Bill Frisell and John Bolivar.

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Joseph Bonner - Piano
Prasanna Bishop - Saxophone
Charles Ayash - Drums
Artie Moore - Bass