KJAZZ Radio UK is pleased to welcome Toronto Canada based Jamie Bonk a contemporary jazz guitarist whose music draws on various styles including Jazz, Chill, Electronic and Pop. His music has been heard on over 700 radio stations world-wide and he has won or has been nominated for a number of awards including: Nominee for “Guitarist of the Year” (Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards 2005) and Winner of Album of the Year and Best Instrumental Album Acoustic for “My World” (NAR Music Awards 2004). Jamie is currently performing in the Toronto/Southern Ontario region, composing for his next release, and conducting an ongoing series of seminars for Apple focusing on digital recording. Jamie uses and is endorsed by Godin Guitars.
Jamie Bonk’s sixth and latest album is Side B (released June 2010). As the title suggests, Side B shows a different side to Jamie’s music making — the focus on this record is electronic and orchestral textures. Jamie has had a long time love of electronic-based music (he started out on his brother’s Jupiter 4 back in the late ’70s) and ended up studying electro-acoustic/computer music in school. To date, all of Jamie’s albums have been guitar-based — the electronic and orchestral elements were generally in support of his guitar playing. With Side B, Jamie wanted to bring those supportive sounds to the front. He also wanted to free himself from “standard” song/production formats, so some of the tracks were built around sound design or were developed from a drum/bass groove. Jamie had a great time writing/recording this record and he hopes to do more music in this style in the future.
St. Joseph Street (released September 2009) was Jamie’s fifth album. Named after the Toronto street Jamie has lived on for the last 20 years, this four song digital-only EP featured, in addition to Jamie’s own guitar playing, performances by bassist Henrik Bridger, drummers Dave Patel and Peter Zakarow, vocalist Wendy Irvine and flutist Bill McBirnie. St. Joseph Street drew on a multitude of styles including Jazz, Chill and Pop.
Jamie recorded his fourth album, 5 (released June 2007), over a three year period and was joined on the album by two outstanding instrumentalists, flugelhornist Jeff Oster and pianist Loren Gold. Jamie’s third album, My World (released August 2004), won two NAR LifeStyle Music Awards for: Album of the Year and Best Instrumental Album – Acoustic. My World blended Jamie’s fluid acoustic guitar playing with performances from keyboardist Sonya Mitlewski, guitarist Peter Janson and vocalists Ron Scott and Shelley Hamilton. The album featured a cover of the Bee Gees’ “Nights On Broadway” as well as the Ron Scott penned “If This Is Love” and the Janson/Bonk composition “Waiting For Winter”. My World spent two months (September and October 2004) at number one on the NAR Top 100 Radio Chart.
Jamie’s second album, A Perfect Tomorrow, debuted at number one on the New Age Voice (NAV) Magazine’s Airwaves Top 100 in 2000 and remained in the top 20 for six consecutive months. Jamie Bonk, Jamie’s self-titled debut CD, which was released in 1997 in Canada and in early 1998 in the U.S., also received considerable airplay. In addition to being NAV’s Radio Album of the Year for 1999, Jamie Bonk was NAV’s Airwaves Top 100 longest charting CD, staying on the charts for 18 consecutive months. Jamie Bonk was also the longest charting CD in the top ten (8 months) and the longest charting CD in the top twenty (14 months). To date, Jamie’s music has been played on over 700 radio stations worldwide.
Both Jamie Bonk and A Perfect Tomorrow have been played on many in-flight audio programs. Airlines that have programmed Jamie’s music include: Asiana, TWA, US Airways, American, America West and Canadian. Air Canada used Jamie Bonk in its entirety as boarding music during 1998. Additionally, Jamie’s music has been programmed by Sirius Satellite Radio, XM Radio, AEI Music, DMX USA, DMX Canada, Music Choice, Music Choice Europe, DX Radio Network, Galaxie/ExpressVu and Echo Star.
Jamie’s educational background includes a B.Mus in composition from Queen’s University (1987) and Classical guitar studies with Eli Kassner (teacher of Liona Boyd). At Queen’s, Jamie’s composition studies with renowned Canadian Contemporary Classical composer Istvan Anhalt and Professor Bruce Pennycook were instrumental in helping him win a silver medal in the electro-acoustic category of the C.A.P.A.C. competition (1986).
For six and a half years (1990-97), Jamie was an Associate Guitar Instructor at the Toronto Guitar Institute, teaching hundreds of students and in every style. In 2003, he became a contributing editor for NewAgeReporter.com. His artist-to-artist conversation series featured many top name artists in the contemporary instrumental genre. From 2005 to 2010, Jamie conducted an ongoing series of seminars for Apple focusing on digital recording. A nominee for Guitarist of the Year at the 2005 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, Jamie is currently performing in the Toronto/Southern Ontario region, composing for his next release, and writing, recording and performing with the folk/pop band Sixteen Different Minds. Jamie uses and is endorsed by Godin Guitars.
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