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 Bess Bonnier
  - Piano
bess@bessbonnier.com

 Overview
 
Bonnier, who earned her bachelor's degree in English and music from Detroit's Wayne State University, first gained a measure of national attention in the late 1950s when Argo Records released her first album Theme for the Tall One. Now long out of print, Theme for the Tall One is considered a collector's item by jazz aficionados.

Bonnier's musical career hit many high notes over the years including performances at the 1982 Kool Jazz Festival, several Montreux Detroit Jazz Festivals and as a featured pianist with Barry Harris, Sir Roland Hanna and Tommy Flanigan for the Detroit Piano Summit in New York. Bonnier continues to appear in concert and is featured in artist-in-residence programs; she also is the founder of the Grosse Pointe Academy of Music.

Suite William is Bonnier's fifth recording; earlier releases include Theme for a Tall One (Argo Records, 1958), The 26th Floor(MBS Records, 1974), Duet to Quartet(Noteworks Records, 1982), Bess Bonnier and Other Jazz Birds (Noteworks Records, 1985), and Love Notes (Noteworks Records, 1997). Bonnier also has been featured on several other jazz recordings as a guest artist. Together with Paul Keller and vibist Jack Brokensha, Bess released the holiday classic CD, XMazz (AEM, 1994).

Ms. Bonnier accepted the 1986 Arts Foundation of Michigan Award for music. She also received the coveted Governor's Arts Award for the State of Michigan in 1990, as well as the 2003 SEMJA Award.
 
 
More about Bess:
 
 Bess Bonnier Biography
 An Interview with Bess
 SEMJA Award
 Photo Gallery (coming soon)



Bess receiving the Arts Award from Governor James Blanchard

 
 Paul Keller
  - Bass & Claves
PKO Records

 Overview
 
Paul Keller's recording credits include Kaleidescopin' and Grand Hotel(Suncoast) with Larry Nozero, Black Butterfly (Columbia) with Russel Malone, Pipe and Slippers (Schoolkids') with the Keller/Kocher Quartet and Hallelujah Train and Project X (Schoolkids') with the Bird of Paradise Orchestra. In 1995, Paul recorded the Grammy-nominated CD All for You (Impulse/GRP) with pianist/vocalist Diana Krall.

 Paul Keller Biography
 Paul, Pete and Cary's marvelous playing can also be heard as part of the Paul Keller Orchestra, appearing regularly at Ann Arbor's fine jazz venue The Firefly Club (www.fireflyclub.com) and elsewhere in the Detroit metro area.
 
 Cary Kocher
  - Vibes & Congas
 

 Cary Kocher Biography
 Paul Keller Orchestra
 
 Pete Siers
  - Percussion & Drums
 

 Pete Siers Biography
 Paul Keller Orchestra
 
More Artist Information: Related:
 Bess Bonnier Biography
 An Interview with Bess
 Photo Gallery (coming soon)

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 Love Notes Staff
 Xmazz Staff
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