A respected, versatile and internationally experienced acoustic-orientated jazz musician, Bonnie is an accomplished piano player and a sultry jazz singer with a voice that moves effortlessly
from standard jazz to bossa nova, pop, blues and funk.
Whether singing out front with her sextet, or performing as a singer/pianist with bass, she creates a sophisticated, stylish ambience.
BONNIE J JENSEN
pianist & vocalist lead vocalist
“The beauty of jazz is that, while there are definite forms, there are no rules … there’s a new generation of artists working within the parameters of jazz who also work outside the square, like the young Englishman Jamie Cullum or America’s Norah Jones … (here) in Australia, it’s an artist like Bonnie J Jensen that’s making it happen.”
Michael Smith, The Drum Media side men
“This is an experienced singer... and it’s the Diana Krall-like combination of innocence and sexy womanliness somewhere in the timbre of the voice that lets you know.”
Shane Nichols, All About Jazz
- Bass - Steve Arié
- Guitar - Jeremy Sawkins
- Drums - Fabian Hevia
- Sax & Flute - Craig Walters
- Flugel Horn & Trumpet - Miroslav Bukovsky
“Australian jazz chanteuse Bonnie J Jensen is one of a covey of new female jazz vocalists bringing a fresh perspective to the jazz culture. She joins the likes of America’s Norah Jones, Britain’s Claire Martin and Sweden’s Linda Pettersson in bringing a soft, sweet, sultry, soulful synapse to the jazz idiom.”
Voodoo Child Magazine USA, Issue 77
“This is an experienced singer…and it’s the Diana Krall-like combination of innocence and sexy womanliness somewhere in the timbre of the voice that lets you know.”
Shane Nicols – www.allaboutjazz.com
Bonnie has earned her reputation as a unique and versatile singer, songwriter and pianist. Born in New Zealand but based in Australia for many years, she has also worked in a variety of musical situations internationally, frequently in Japan and Hong Kong. An acoustic-orientated jazz musician, Bonnie is a solid piano player and a sultry jazz singer with an extensive repertoire and a voice that moves effortlessly from swinging standards to smooth bossa, blues, pop and funk.
Bonnie released her debut album Lucky So & So in August 2001. This album quickly reached No.3 in the Australian Independent Jazz Charts. It was surpassed by her second release Blue Joy in 2004 that featured luminaries Don Rader (trumpet), Jeremy Sawkins (guitar) and Jon Zwartz (bass). Blue Joy rose to No.8 in Japan’s Swing Journal Jazz charts for the month of June 2004. It includes Bonnie’s popular original “Tokyo Skies”.
February 2007 marked the release of her third album The Sapphire Tree, a collection of songs she says was inspired by audiences’ reactions and the sounds of musicians she works with. This album is said to have a European sound and features the core musicians of the ARIA winning ensemble Wanderlust. “The Australian” lauded Bonnie’s songwriting in their 2007 review of The Sapphire Tree: "…Jensen's title ballad, an original, displays a talent for both musical composition and poetic lyrics, evident too on "Neon Soliloquy": "Like a diamond in the river, as precious as the African rain, this glimpse of bliss will sustain you - again and again…"
Whether singing out front with her sextet, or as a singer/pianist with bass, Bonnie is known for creating a sophisticated, vibrant and stylish ambience.