Bonny B Had Suffered Stroke

Posted: November 30, 2011 in Contemporary Jazz, Music Business
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Bonny Bonaparte has left Spyro Gyra for health related reasons. You may remember that Bonny missed about a month earlier this year while Will Kennedy and (mostly) Josh Dion filled in for him.

What happened was a stroke, from which Bonny has not yet fully recovered. Further, his doctor has advised him that the travel, that is a necessary part of being in this band, poses a threat to his continued health and recovery.

Bonny Bonaparte (Drums) was born and raised on the island of Trinidad and Tobago. His early shows with popular local groups such as “The Trinidad Troubadours” followed by tours in the U.S., Canada, South America, The Virgin Islands, and most of the Caribbean gave Bonny the opportunity to perform with such diverse artists as James Brown, The Bee Gees, Natalie Cole, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Commodores, The Jackson 5, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Manhattans, Millie Jackson, B.T. Express, and many others.

After returning home, Bonny played with Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Yellowman, and recorded with Valentine, The Mighty Sparrow, Crazy, Calypso Rose, Tony Ricardo, and his mentor Earl Rodney and Friends.

Bonny currently resides in Las Vegas, where he’s performed with Clint Holmes, Dennis Miller, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Jeffrey Osborne, David Brenner, Soul Desire, Paul Christopher, Tony Tillman, and many others. Bonny has toured and recorded with Bruce Hornsby for several years, and was touring and recording with Spyro Gyra. Bonny is listed as one of the “Prominent & Influential R&B drummers of the 1990’s” in “The Ten Commandments of R&B Drumming” (Zoro).

We pray for a full recovery for Bonny B.


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