A fine pianist who was originally heavily influenced by McCoy Tyner
, Joe Bonner
is an excellent interpreter of modal-based music and advanced hard bop. He studied music at Virginia State College and early on played with Roy Haynes
(1970-1971), Freddie Hubbard
(1971-1972), Pharoah Sanders
(1972-1974), and Billy Harper
(late '70s). Bonner
, who recorded as a leader for Muse, Theresa, and most prominently Steeplechase, has been based in Colorado since the 1980s and remains a talented improviser.