Bonnie Lowdermilk

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Primary Instrument: Piano

Singing and playing since early childhood, Bonnie Lowdermilk has her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has been performing professionally for close to thirty years. She studied jazz piano with Denver's renowned teacher, the late Ted Alexander as well as with Berkelee School of Music's Katy Roberts. Throughout the 1990's Bonnie lived and performed in Paris, France. She played at the celebrated Duc de Lombard and Sunset and other major clubs and festivals there. In 1998 she played the festival, “Jazz in Marciac”, where celebrities Wynton Marsalis and Shirley Horn also performed and gave a five day vocal clinic at the festival. Bonnie recorded her first CD as a vocalist in NYC with the Fred Hersch Trio in 1996 and it was released in 1997 to much acclaim. Her latest CD, “Up To Now”, released in Feb. 2009 features Bonnie as vocalist-pianist/bandleader, contains her arrangements for sextet on some tunes and includes three original compositions. In Sept. 2009, she performed her recent composition “Peter's Portrait” with bassist Eddie Gomez at a special show with Ted Alexander at Dazzle in Denver....
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”Up To Now” released Feb. 2009: It might have taken Bonnie Lowdermilk a little more than a decade to release the followup to her previous album with the Fred Hersch Trio, but Up to Now was well worth the wait. With help from some of the area's finest players, including Mark Simon, Ken Walker and Greg Gisbert, Lowdermilk has created a delightful album that shows the jazz vocalist/pianist in complete control of her vocals, especially on the buoyant and swinging opener “Day by Day,” which also features swift tenor work from Peter Sommer, and on Clifford Brown's “Joy Spring.” In addition to some smart arrangements on nearly a dozen standards, Lowdermilk also wrote a few originals, including the yearning movie-star fantasy crush on “Bankin' on the Moon.” Jon Solomon - Westword

“This Heart of Mine” with the Fred Hercsh Trio 1997: ”A first recording which is nothing less than sumptuous.... an intimate disc, with a swing of rare elegance and with compositions of great once subtle and generous” - Dernieres Nouvelles D'Alsace

“A vivacious young woman with character...A freshness bursts forth on the up-tempos, and her scat is original and possesses agility, vivacity, and swing. Around her an excellent rhythm section led by the pianist Fred Hersch who accompanies her with the maximum precision and attention. Someone to watch out for.” - Gerard Mathieu, Jazz Notes

“Lowdermilk's a confident, personable vocalist with a wide range and Ella Fitzgerald's flair for wordplay. Her style is alternately romantic, saucy and playful, as the tunes (which range from originals such as “Ephemeral Dream”; to standards like Cole Porter's, “You Do Something To Me” require. This is cool jazz for a cold night, peppered by Lowdermilk's deft scatting and occasional piano playing.” - Westword

“She scats with ease on the movers and invests appropriate tenderness on the ballads.” Jazz Scene, Oregon's Jazz Magazine

other quotes: ”...a voice with a kind of freshness which goes without effort from contagious jubilation to the most gentle tenderness.” - Henri Marchal, Semaine des Spectacles, France

“This cool jazz artist knows how to use the entire palette of her art to express disenchantment, sensuality, romance, and melancholy or jubilation. She scats and sings with a pleasant and seemingly effortless ease” Michel Bedin, Jazz Hot

“Bonnie Lowdermilk is situated somewhere between Blossom Dearie and Judy Niemack. She is equally a remarkable pianist.” - Jean-Louis Wiart, Axololotl Jazz

“Some decades ago, Bonnie Lowdermilk no doubt, would have played in the big bands of the swing era. Today, this singer and pianist plays in solo in the prestigious clubs of America, but also in Paris, where her graceful and sophisticated voice has conquered the public.” Andre Greiner, Le Republican Lorrain

  • This Heart Of Mine

    Nine Winds Records

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Jazz vocal coaching, vocalizes, transposition, repertoire selection, theory and harmony from a working jazz vocalist-pianist with 20+ years teaching and performing experience. Jazz piano lessons for students with some piano background; improvisation techniques, jazz theory and harmony. Bonnie also gives regular piano instruction to adults and children age 5 and up. Bachelor of Music in piano pedagogy and performance and vocal studies at CU Boulder and 25+ years teaching and performing experience. Additional private jazz piano studies with Ted Alexander and Katy Roberts.

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Up To Now
Self Produced (2009)

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