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  The Bess Bonnier Ensembles
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-- Sad Note: Bess peacefully passed away in 2011. More details on the Home page --

Dear Jazz Presenter,

It gives us great pleasure to make available to you the new Bess Bonnier jazz ensembles. We're interested in becoming a part of your program planning for the upcoming season. We're sure that the Bess Bonnier Ensemble will add warmth and a touch of class to your special event.

Veteran Detroit pianist Bess Bonnier has teamed up with well-known string bassist Paul Keller to explore creative avenues of jazz improvisation and presentation. The options of the Bess Bonnier Ensemble include six different combinations ranging from solo piano to quintet featuring vibraphone, trumpet and/or saxophone. We are equally comfortable in a variety of performance settings from festivals, concert hall stages and educational clinics, as well as more intimate concert venues.

Bess Bonnier's career as recording artist started in 1959 with her debut album Theme for the Tall One (Argo). Since then, Bess's discography as a leader has grown to nine albums featuring many of her original compositions. Two of her albums, Duet to Quartet and Bess Bonnier and Other Jazz Birds (Noteworks) were recorded live at the Detroit Institute of Arts' prestigious jazz series. Together with Paul Keller and vibist Jack Brokensha, Bess released the holiday classic CD, XMazz (AEM), in 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.

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.

No matter which combination, the Bess Bonnier Ensemble will provide an exciting, well planned, entertaining program ensuring that your event will be a memorable success. We look forward to working with you.

 Bess Bonnier

Noteworks Records
 Paul Keller

Bird of Paradise Orchestra Website

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