Joe Bonner (April 20, 1948 – November 20, 2014) was a hard bop and modal jazz pianist, influenced by McCoy Tyner and Art Tatum.
He was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and studied at Virginia State College,but indicated that he learned more about music from musicians he worked with. In the seventies he played with Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw and Billy Harper, among others.
He died of heart disease in Denver at the age of 66.
|1974||The Lifesaver||Muse||Solo piano|
|1975||Triangle||Whynot||Trio, with Clint Houston (bass), Billy Hart (drums)|
|1974–76||Angel Eyes||Muse||With Billy Harper (tenor sax), Leroy Jenkins (violin), Juini Booth (bass), Jimmy Hopps (drums), Linda Sharrock (vocals)|
|1979||Parade||SteepleChase||Trio, with Johnny Dyani (bass), Billy Higgins (drums)|
|1981||Impressions of Copenhagen||Theresa||With Eddie Shu (trumpet), Holly Hofmann (flute), Carol Michalowski and Peggy Sullivan (violin), Carol Garrett (viola), Beverly Woolery (cello), Paul Warburton (bass), J. Thomas Tilton (drums)|
|1983||Suburban Fantasies||SteepleChase||Duo, with Johnny Dyani (bass)|
|1985||Suite for Chocolate||SteepleChase||With Khan Jamal (vibraphone), Jesper Lundgaard (bass), Leroy Lowe (drums)|
|1987||The Lost Melody||SteepleChase||Quartet, with Bob Rockwell (tenor sax), Jesper Lundgaard (bass), Jukkis Uotila (drums)|
|1988||New Life||SteepleChase||Trio, with Hugo Rasmussen (bass), Aage Tanggaard (drums)|
|1988?||New Beginnings||Evidence||Most tracks solo piano; some tracks duo, with unknown (bass)|
|1991||Monkisms||Capri||Solo piano; released around 2001|
|2001?||Lights Out||Akashic||As The Bonner Party; quartet, with Prasanna Bishop (saxes), Artie Moore-Acoustic (bass), Charles Ayash (drums)|
|2003||The Art of Jazz Piano||Black Orchard||Solo piano|
|2013?||Current Events||Cherry Sound|
With Richard Davis
With Billy Harper
With Azar Lawrence
With Barbara Paris
With Pharoah Sanders
With Woody Shaw
With Harold Vick
With The Visitors
With Stephanie Hancock
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