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.
Bonnie works as a solo, duo, trio (piano, upright bass, drums) and in quartet, quintet and sextet formations (add sax, trumpet, trombone or guitar) for clubs, concerts, parties, and other events throughout the Denver area and beyond.
Bonnie sings in French and Portuguese as well as her native English. She teaches piano and voice privately. Her choice of repertoire is distinctive and eclectic. While she knows how to sing and play most of the standards, she has a penchant for finding largely unknown treasures which have rarely been performed or recorded.
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 beauty...at 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
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Willing to teach:
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.