Bonnie Lowdermilk has been singing and playing for as long as she can remember. She started piano lessons at age six. She has a degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in piano performance and piano pedagogy, and studied voice as a second instrument there. She developed a love of jazz at the University as well and began to perform professionally. She started out as a singer in the '70s, working with the best sidemen the area had to offer. Gradually, she started playing the piano more and more herself. She studied jazz piano with Denver's Ted Alexander, who gave her a strong background in Bill Evans voicings. Throughout the 1990's Bonnie lived and performed in Paris, France. She studied jazz piano with former Berkeley School of Music teacher, Katie Roberts. She played in the major clubs there and in 1998 played the renown festival, "Jazz in Marciac", where celebrities such as Wynton Marsalis and Shirley Horn have played. She also gave a 5 day vocal clinic at the festival. She recorded her first CD in NYC with the Fred Hersch Trio in 1996. She currently has a new CD in the works. (Click on listen.)
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. She sings in French and Portugese as well as her native English. She also works as a piano and vocal instructor. 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. Bonnie's singing is charged with emotion and sensuality, her voice supple and clear, with a warm low register and a luminous treble.
solo through sextet - Bonnie Lowdermilk - voice, piano, drawing on the finest area talent and adding bass, drums, sax, trumpet, trombone as desired.
"This Heart of Mine" 1997, Bonnie Lowdermilk -vocals (and piano on 2 cuts) with Fred Hersch - p., Drew Gress - b., Tom Rainey - d.
"Up To Now" 2009, Bonnie Lowdermilk - vocals, piano, Ken Walker or Mark Simon - bass, Colin Stranahan - drums, Greg Gisbert - trumpet, flugelhorn, Peter Sommer -t. s. saxes, Nelson Hinds - trombone.