October 30th, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, Triple Door
Bassist and vocalist Richard Bona has dazzled audiences around the world with his engaging personal style, which merges jazz, pop, afro-beat, bossa nova, and funk. Considered one of the best bassists of his generation, Bona is known as a masterful musician and compelling storyteller.
Born in Minta in eastern Cameroon, Bona was drawn to music as a child and often experimented with his own self-made instruments, including a twelve-string guitar constructed of wood and bicycle brake cables. In 1980, at the age of thirteen, he discovered jazz. Inspired by Weather Report’s Jaco Pastorius, Bona decided to reinvent himself as a bass player. In pursuit of a professional jazz career, he moved to Düsseldorf, then Paris, and finally New York, where he now lives.
Much in demand as a collaborator, Bona has worked with musicians as diverse as Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Paul Simon,
Chaka Khan, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Chucho Valdes, Joni Mitchell,
Harry Connick Jr., and Queen Latifah.
He has recorded six albums as a leader, including Tiki (2005), which received a 2007 Grammy nomination in the contemporary world music category. In March he released Bona Makes You Sweat, which was recorded live in Hungary.
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Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography, photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photojournalism ranking him among the best Seattle wedding photographers.