joe bonner

On Sunday, April 15 at 4pm, KUVO’s archive show “On Stage” is proud to celebrate the music of Denver-based pianist Joe Bonner as we approach the 70th anniversary of his birth. (He was born April 20, 1948.)

Dazzle at Baur's

Back in 1989, I was in Denver for a job interview. It was my first visit to the Centennial State and I did what I do whenever I am in a new city – check to see if there is any jazz around. One of the items I came across was a listing saying that Joe Bonner was playing piano at the bar in the Wynkoop Brewpub. Like any jazz fan, I knew who Bonner was. Could this be the same player who worked with tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and who was on the very first release from the famed label Black Saint (Black Saint by tenor saxophonist Billy Harper in 1975)?

JAM: Celebrating Joe Bonner

Apr 18, 2017

This week on April 20, it's our honor to celebrate the birthday of Joe Bonner on Jazz Appreciation Month! Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Joe studied at Virginia State College, however, he indicated that he learned more from musicians he worked with.


The extremely gifted composer and pianist, a resident of the Denver area since the early 1980s has passed away. Joseph Leonard Bonner was born April 20, 1948 in Rocky Mount, NC, he died Friday, November 20, 2014 in Denver. He recorded and toured with many giants of jazz including Pharaoh Sanders, Woody Shaw, Leon Thomas, Harold Vick, Fred Wesley, Richie Cole, Carlos Garnett, Azar Lawrence, Roy Brook, Billy Harper and many others. 

Jazz Notes 12-4-2014

By Norman Provizer