About Xavier


Xavier Bonner is a saxophonist, composer, and arranger. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan he has had the opportunity to be taught/mentored by musicians such as Marcus Belgrave, Marion Hayden, Buddy Budson, Russ Miller, Steve Woods, and Wendell Harrison. Coming from a musical family Xavier knew at a early age the importance and value of music, which prompted his beginnings in the music scene. In the summer of 2013, at age 16, he toured Europe(Germany and France) with the Blue Lake Jazz Ensemble leading the saxophone section under the direction of Dave Jensen. Since then he has gone on to perform at the Detroit Jazz Festival with the Detroit All City Combo and the Week At Wayne Youth All Stars.

Now, as a bandleader Xavier Bonner makes his way into music scene with purpose and vision. "I want to build upon what has come before me and take the music further beyond my limits." It is important for him to honor the spirit of the music that was, but not by standing still, but to propel music and artistry further. Some of his main influences as a musician include Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, and Albert Ayler. "It's not just their music that inspires me but it is also their philosophy on life and the betterment of society that motivates me to be a better human being." Xavier wants to carry on that same philosophy through his music, to bring "awareness" to the many facets of life.

In Xavier's upcoming debut album(January 2018) "A Place Far Away," he attempts to share a message of change and self improvement with the world. "This album represents the journey I've been on so far in life, and conveys a message of peace, growth, and beauty."

Music


This album concept revolves around the theme of growth, change and self improvement. From songs like "Raining Fire" which message is to cease all war, and destruction to ballad "MoonFlower" which reflects the beauty of the moon, and its ability to support life. The goal of this music is to support the listener with beautiful sounds while encouraging deep thought and reflection.

Coming Soon...(January 2018)

Events

Catch Xavier at one of these upcoming gigs...


Last Gasp Collective
Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Bell's Eccentric Cafe 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, United States

Last Gasp Collective
Apr 06, 2018 - Apr 07, 2018
Arcadia Brewing Company 701 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, United States

Kalamazoo Poetry Festival
Apr 07, 2018 - Apr 08, 2018
Kalamazoo

Last Gasp Collective
Apr 12, 2018 - Apr 14, 2018

Last Gasp Collective
Apr 13, 2018 - Apr 14, 2018

Last Gasp Collective
Apr 14, 2018 - Apr 15, 2018
Ore Dock Brewing Company 114 W Spring St, Marquette, MI 49855, United States

Last Gasp Collective
Apr 18, 2018 - Apr 19, 2018
Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Unit 204, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, United States

Last Gasp Collective
Apr 19, 2018 - Apr 20, 2018
Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Unit 204, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, United States

Last Gasp Collective
Apr 20, 2018 - Apr 21, 2018
Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Unit 204, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, United States

Last Gasp Collective Tour
Thu May 03, 2018 12:00am - 11:55pm
Indianapolis, IN. Columbus, OH. Cincinnati, OH. Louisville, KY.

Last Gasp Collective
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Unit 204, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, United States

Last Gasp Collective
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Unit 204, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, United States

Last Gasp Collective
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Unit 204, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, United States

Last Gasp Collective
Jun 16, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018
Buttermilk Festival

Contact Xavier


Videos

Ghosts - Xavier Bonner

Black Narcissus

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