Richard Bona [USA]

“Imagine an artist with Jaco Pastorious’s virtuosity, George Benson’s vocal fluidity, Joao Gilberto’s sense of song and harmony, all mixed up with African culture. Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you Richard Bona!”
– Los Angeles Times

Fans call him “The African Sting,” critics call him a pro, but it’s his unique and electrifying style of connecting with his audience that titles him what he really is—a true musician. Richard Bona’s seemingly effortless voice, fierce skills on the bass, unique songwriting/arranging expertise and ability to learn just about any instrument simply from watching, position him as a rare African artist to have established an unscalable reputation on an international platform.

Originally from Cameroon, Bona remains true to his roots, with African rhythms reflected in each of his seven albums; the first three, Scenes from My Life, Reverence and Munia display his unique approach to storytelling through sounds. Seeking inspiration from his origins, the themes of Bona’s albums address international issues which mirror his desire of using music to take a stance on issues affecting the oppressed. As an artist with a purpose, he expanded into new musical territories and teamed up with Congolese star, Lokua Kanza and Antillais singer/composer Gerald Toto to create the 2004 collective, Toto, Bona, Lokua on which Bona wrote four tracks.

The trio then hit the road and toured across France; however, Bono remained in Europe to tour with guitarist Mike Stern and guest starred on Japanese guitarist Kazumi Watanabe’s album “Mo Bop 2.” Shortly after, the pair embarked upon a tour of Japan, providing Bona with the opportunity to incorporate the culture and sounds of a new territory into his work. Furthermore, he toured with Pat Metheny and appeared as a guest on two of Bobby McFerrin’s albums, along with numerous notable collaborations.

He later garnered recognition at the Victoires du Jazz Awards where he won the trophy for “Best International Artist of 2004;” such a prestigious award confirmed his ability to appeal to a multitude of audiences ranging from jazz, pop, bossa nova, traditional, afro-beat and funk. In 2005, Bona guest appeared on Mario Canonge’s album “Rhyzome” and contributed to the soundtrack for Pascal Plisson’s film “Massai, les guerriers de la pluie.” Also known for his role in the group, Steps Ahead, Bona has performed on many stages such as the Adelaide International Guitar Festival and with many luminaries such as John Legend for his album, Tiki, which was also nominated for a Grammy in 2007 for “Best Contemporary World Music Album.”

Despite the fact that he spent the entirety of 2008 and 2009 on a non-stop tour, Bona released The Ten Shades of Blues, which illustrates his experience with different shades of the blues that he interacted with during his tours throughout locations such as the Sahel, Brazil, India, United States and Cameroon. Shortly after, Bona was honored by the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal with the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award; as one of seven recipients, he is distinguished as an artist in the field of world music whose influence on the evolution of jazz is widely recognized. He also received the prestigious SACEM Jazz Award (Grand Prix Jazz SACEM) in 2012 for the Jazz Grand Prize. Additionally, his certified Gold 2013 album, Bonafied, demonstrates a fusion of cultures in which he is continuously developing into a new album that will be toured internationally. With numerous awards, performances, and years of expertise, Bona has become one of the most accomplished and sought-after musicians of this generation. In 2016, as he continues to redefine his sound, he has released his latest album “Heritage”, an Afro-Cuban project with the Mandekan Cubano.

Tour Dates & Avails

Theo Croker 'Star People Nation' Fall/Winter

September 14, 2019 Lodge Room
Los Angeles, CA, USA
September 16, 2019 Springfield Technical Community College
Springfield, MA, USA
September 20, 2019 – September 21, 2019 Blue LLama
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
September 23, 2019 Dizzy's Club (Big Brother Big Band)
New York, NY, USA
October 22, 2019 CBE
Cologne, Germany
October 27, 2019 Grillo Theater
Essen, Germany
November 1, 2019 The Loft, UCSD
San Diego, CA, USA

Gerald Clayton Quartet CD Release Tour

September 23, 2019 – September 24, 2019 Lied Center (Solo)
Lawrence, KS, USA
September 27, 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA, USA
September 28, 2019 – September 29, 2019 Moss Theatre
Los Angeles, CA, USA
October 6, 2019 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Half Moon Bay, CA, USA
October 7, 2019 University of Nevada
Reno, NV, USA
October 10, 2019 – October 13, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA
November 20, 2019 Herb Alpert Music Center (Solo)
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Alina Engibaryan Spring Tour

March 26, 2019 – March 30, 2019 Dizzy's Club (Late Night)
New York, NY, USA
April 19, 2019 Mana Theater
Jersey City, NJ, USA
April 25, 2019 Greenwich House Music
New York, NY, USA
May 4, 2019 Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Yosvany Terry Quartet Spring Tour

March 29, 2019 Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY, USA
April 28, 2019 Arlington Jazz Festival (Quintet)
Arlington, MA, USA

Buika Summer

June 29, 2019 Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Katonah, NY, USA
June 30, 2019 SummerStage
New York, NY, USA
August 1, 2019 Patio Theater
Chicago, IL, USA
August 3, 2019 Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI, USA

Roosevelt Collier Spring/Summer

June 21, 2019 – June 22, 2019 Jazz Bistro
St. Louis, MO, USA
June 23, 2019 Avondale Music Hall
Chicago, IL, USA
June 25, 2019 – June 26, 2019 Rochester Jazz Festival
Rochester, NY, USA
June 29, 2019 Pearl Street Warehouse
Washington, DC, USA

JD Allen

April 2, 2019 – April 3, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA
July 10, 2019 Unterfahrt, Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany
July 12, 2019 Duc des Lombards
Paris, France
July 13, 2019 North Sea Jazz Festival
Rotterdam, Netherlands
January 25, 2020 Jefferson Center
Roanoke , VA, USA

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

April 13, 2019 Exit Zero Jazz Festival (NOJO 7)
Cape May, NJ, USA
April 28, 2019 New Orleans Jazz Festival
New Orleans, LA, USA
May 8, 2019 – May 11, 2019 St. Lucia Jazz Festival
Pidgeon Island, Saint Lucia
September 1, 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, MI, USA
December 13, 2019 – December 14, 2019 JALC with René Marie
New York, NY, USA

Richard Bona Spring/Summer

May 25, 2019 Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta, GA, USA
June 22, 2019 Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Aspen, CO, USA

Marcus Lewis Big Band

September 3, 2019 Des Moines Jazz Festival
Des Moines, IA, USA

Maurice 'Mobetta' Brown & Soul'd Out Spring/Summer

March 28, 2019 – March 30, 2019 Black Cat
San Francisco, CA, USA
April 28, 2019 New Orleans Jazz Fest
New Orleans, LA, USA
May 10, 2019 Spokane Falls Community College
Spokane Falls, WA, USA
June 27, 2019 Duck Down BBQ
Brooklyn, NY, USA

KNOWER + Louis Cole Spring/Summer

March 29, 2019 – March 30, 2019 Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Cape Town, South Africa
June 30, 2019 La Tristienda
Buenos Aires, Argentina
July 3, 2019 Teatro NESCAFÉ de las Artes
Santiago, Chile

Steve Lehman Trio “The People I Love” Album Release Tour

September 17, 2019 – September 18, 2019 The Blue Whale
Los Angeles, CA, USA
September 19, 2019 Kuumbwa
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
September 20, 2019 SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA, USA
September 21, 2019 Constellations
Chicago, IL, USA
September 24, 2019 – September 25, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA

Sullivan Fortner Trio Fall/Winter

September 14, 2019 – September 16, 2019 AVAIL USA
September 23, 2019 – September 24, 2019 Boise Jazz Society
Boise, ID, USA
October 3, 2019 – October 6, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA
December 18, 2019 – December 19, 2019 Paris Philharmonie
Paris, France

Camila Meza & The Nectar Orchestra

August 4, 2019 Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI, USA
September 14, 2019 Lake George Jazz Festival
Lake George, NY, USA
September 28, 2019 Tempe Arts Center
Tempe, AZ, USA
October 12, 2019 Mondriaan Jazz Festival
The Hague, Netherlands
November 8, 2019 SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA, USA
November 15, 2019 – November 16, 2019 Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Theo Croker 'Star People Nation' Spring/Summer

April 3, 2019 Just Jazz Series
Los Angeles, CA, USA
April 17, 2019 Soul'd Out Music Festival
Portland , OR, USA
May 8, 2019 The Django (Big Brother Big Band)
New York, NY, USA
May 9, 2019 Virginia Arts Festival
Norfolk, VA, USA
May 10, 2019 BlackRock Center for the Arts
Germantown, MD, USA
May 11, 2019 THEARC
Washington, DC, USA
May 22, 2019 – May 26, 2019 Black Cat
San Francisco, CA, USA
June 13, 2019 – June 16, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA

Marcus Strickland Twi-Life

March 6, 2019 Lodge Room
Los Angeles, CA, USA
March 7, 2019 – March 10, 2019 The Jewell
Omaha, NE, USA
March 23, 2019 Scullers
Boston, MA, USA
May 25, 2019 Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta, GA, USA
May 27, 2019 Blue Note
New York, NY, USA
August 4, 2019 Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI, USA

Gerald Clayton Spring/Summer

March 23, 2019 Walt Disney Concert Hall - To Oscar with Love
Los Angeles, CA, USA
April 6, 2019 Bing Theater, LACMA
Los Angeles, CA, USA
April 15, 2019 Old Church
Portland, OR, USA
April 19, 2019 Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
April 20, 2019 – April 21, 2019 SFJazz
San Francisco, CA, USA
April 23, 2019 – April 28, 2019 Village Vanguard
New York, NY, USA

Joel Ross 'Good Vibes' 'Kingmaker' Release Tour

May 22, 2019 Roulette
Brooklyn, NY, USA
May 25, 2019 Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta, GA, USA
May 28, 2019 Blues Alley
Washington, DC, USA
June 4, 2019 – June 5, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA
June 6, 2019 Scullers Jazz Club
Boston, MA, USA
July 10, 2019 – July 11, 2019 Pizza Express
London, United Kingdom
July 14, 2019 North Sea Jazz Festival
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 16, 2019 – July 17, 2019 Umbria Jazz Festival
Umbria, Italy
July 19, 2019 Plaza de Europa
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
July 20, 2019 Plaza de Santa Ana
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
August 3, 2019 Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI, USA
August 30, 2019 Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL, USA
November 21, 2019 Annenberg Center
Philadelphia, MA, USA

Sullivan Fortner Trio Spring/Summer

March 31, 2019 The Falcon
Marlboro, NY, USA
April 2, 2019 – April 7, 2019 Village Vanguard
New York, NY, USA
April 8, 2019 Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
April 9, 2019 Piedmont Piano Company
Oakland, CA, USA
April 10, 2019 Earshot Jazz Festival
Seattle, WA, USA
April 11, 2019 Old Church
Portland, OR, USA
April 13, 2019 – April 14, 2019 Exit Zero Jazz Festival
Cape May, NJ, USA
May 2, 2019 Bethesda Blues & Jazz
Bethesda, MD, USA
June 28, 2019 – June 29, 2019 Rochester Jazz Festival
Rochester, NY, USA
July 2, 2019 Skidmore Jazz Institute
Skidmore, NY, USA
July 28, 2019 Woods Hole Jazz (Solo Piano)
Falmouth, MA, USA

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