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.
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...
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
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