Founded in 2000 by Charles Williams, The Bonaventure Quartet originally consisted four members. The vision was to be an acoustic jazz band that created music in the style of the Django Reinhardt & The Hot Club of France. With the addition of singer Amy Pike, the band began incorporating American styles of jazz along with original music. The band now consists of up to eight members, but can often be found performing as a quintet, quartet, or trio depending on the occasion.
The Bonaventure Quartet has released three albums and is gearing up for their fourth in 2018. Visit the store page for more about the albums.
Charles is the founder, leader, principal composer, and plays the guitar in The Bonaventure Quartet. A native of Atlanta, Charles has an AA from Emory and a BM in classical guitar from GSU. As a founding member of the seminal jam band ‘The Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, he performed across the southern US and contributed songs to the ARU’s Capricorn CDs. He has also toured with Charles Dennis Edwards of the Temptations, the Platters, Bernadette Seacrest and her Provocateurs, recorded national commercials for Coke, Turner and others. Along with performing, Charles is one of the busiest guitar teacher in Atlanta.
Amy is the singer in The Bonaventure Quartet. Gaining renown in her swing/rockabilly band, The Lost Continentals, she toured with Brian Setzer Orchestra, opened for Tony Bennett, had one of her songs used for an ad on Turner Classic movies, recorded a Ford truck commercial, and earned many best of Atlanta awards. As one of the original members of The Bonaventure Quartet, she has helped to bring the fantastic, original, jazz compositions of Charles Williams to Atlanta for many years.
Nick plays the guitar and mandolin in The Bonaventure Quartet. He met Charles and Marla in the summer of 2016 at the Django in June music camp. Soon after, he moved to Atlanta and began playing with The Bonaventure Quartet. Nick has also performed as a member of Col. Bruce & The Madrid Express, Town Mountain, and Rev. Jeff Mosier & Biscuit Tragedy. Click here for more information about Nick.
Marla plays the violin, clarinet, and saxophone in The Bonaventure Quartet. She also performs regularly with Society Express, Emrah Kotan & New Anatolian Experience, and her own Klezmer Band called the Marlatov Cocktails. Along with performing, Marla operates and teaches from Sandpiper Music Studios. Click here for more information about Marla.
Mike joined The Bonaventure Quartet as the bassist in 2016. Having studied with Scott Smith and Robert Dickson at Georgia State University, Mike has developed the skills necessary to be an in demand bassist throughout the southeastern United States. Mike has performed with a wide ranging variety of local artists including Sal Gentile, Kinah Boto, Louis Heriveaux, Myles Brown, Brian Hogans, Justin Varnes, Gordon Vernick, Dave Frackenpohl, Zack Graddy, and many more. Along with BVQ, Mike stays busy as a member of the Brandy Brother Band and freelancing around the Southeast. Click here for more information about Mike.
Born and raised in rural, northwestern Minnesota, Gabe began his musical studies on the piano and alto saxophone. After moving to Atlanta, GA in 2007, Gabe studied jazz piano at Georgia State University, and graduated with a Master of Music. The accordion is the most recent instrument Gabe learned to play, but the first instrument he heard growing up: his father, Robert, plays the accordion and they enjoy lengthy, home jam sessions when he visits Minnesota. Aside from performing, Gabe is a Registered Piano Technician and has been in high demand nationwide for concert-level piano service for nearly twenty years.
Ken plays the trumpet and trombone in The Bonaventure Quartet. He also leads a 7 piece band called Solid State, that plays all original compositions written by members of the group. Along with performing, Ken is the manager of 800 East Studios. Click here for more information about Ken.
Joel Morris plays the drums in The Bonaventure Quartet. He has shared the stage with Michael Brecker, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Brian Wilson, Bernadette Peters, The Moody Blues, Al Jarreau, and Joni Mitchell. His Symphonic work includes playing with The Santa Rosa Symphony, Dekalb Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Gwinnett Philharmonic, Cobb Symphony, and the Macon Symphony. In addition to playing, Joel teaches at the Lovett school as well as running their recording studio. Joel also works as the recording engineer and editor for the Atlanta Symphony Radio Broadcast.