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.