Joe Bonner 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.
He went to Virginia State College to study.
He was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, but later moved to Denver, where he established himself as a staple of the local jazz scene.
His greatest influences, he said, were McCoy Tyner and Art Tatum.
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