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Birth name  Luis Diego Bonilla
Role  Trombonist
Name  Luis Bonilla
Years active  1988 - present
Instruments  Trombone

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Born  October 12, 1965 (age 50) Los Angeles, California (1965-10-12)
Origin  Los Angeles, California
Occupation(s)  Musician, composer, Bandleader, record producer, Instructor
Associated acts  Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Lester Bowie Dave Douglas
Education  California State University, Los Angeles
Albums  Chamber Wind Music of Jack Cooper, Escucha!
Genres  Jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, Latin jazz, Rhythm and blues, Pop music
Record labels  Planet Arts Records, Candid Records
Similar People  Gary Smulyan, Jerry Dodgion, Jon Faddis, Gerald Wilson, Renee Rosnes

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Luis Bonilla (born Luis Diego Bonilla, October 12, 1965, Los Angeles, California) is an American jazz trombonist of Costa Rican descent. He is a Grammy Award-winning performer, composer, and teacher.


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Bonilla was introduced to jazz in school. He was enrolled in a brass class, believing it to be a metal shop class, only to find himself with a trombone in his hands. He attended Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles, where he studied under John Rinaldo. After he graduated from high school, he studied at California State University, Los Angeles, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in Jazz Performance and Composition from the Manhattan School of Music. He studied in Los Angeles with Don Raffell and Roy Main.

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Bonilla has supported himself as a session musician and a sideman performing with McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Astrud Gilberto, Willie Colón, and Toshiko Akiyoshi. He has demonstrated his versatility as a musician working with artists as varied as Phil Collins, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Marc Anthony, La India, Phil Collins, and Mary J. Blige. He has drawn inspiration from Lester Bowie, his mentor, with whom he toured. Bonilla calls Bowie his "father away from home", with whom he has learned a great deal.

He has taught at the Manhattan School of Music, Temple University, and the New England Conservatory. He is a member of the Mingus Big Band, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. In February 2009, he received two Grammy Awards with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

In 2010 he was featured as a classical soloist on The Chamber Wind Music of Jack Cooper and as a jazz soloist on the large ensemble recording Coming Through Slaughter – The Bolden Legend (GCR). He served as main producer and trombonist on Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra (Planet Arts, 2014).

  • The New in You (1985)
  • We're Back! (1986)
  • Diversions (1987)
  • Seems Like Old Times (1987)
  • Monstrosity! (1988)
  • It's About Time (1990)
  • Pasos Gigantes & His Latin Jazz All-Stars (Candid, 1991)
  • The Fire This Time (1992)
  • Esucha! (Candid, 2000)
  • Can I Persuade You (Planet Arts, 2002)
  • The Way, Music of Slide Hampton (Planet Arts, 2004)
  • Up from the Skies, Music of Jim McNeely (Planet Arts, 2006)
  • Terminal Clarity (2007)
  • Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard (Planet Arts, 2008)
  • I Talking Now (Planet Arts, 2009)
  • Coming Through Slaughter: The Bolden Legend (2009)
  • The Chamber Wind Music of Jack Cooper (Centaur, 2010)
  • Twilight (Planet Arts, 2010)
  • Forever Lasting (Planet Arts, 2011)
  • Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra (Planet Arts, 2014)
  • Over Time: The Music of Bob Brookmeyer (Planet Arts, 2014)
  • As sideman

    With Dave Douglas

  • Spirit Moves (Greenleaf, 2009)
  • United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport (Greenleaf, 2011)
  • Rare Metal (Greenleaf, 2011)
  • With Gerald Wilson

  • Jenna (Discovery, 1989)
  • New York, New Sound (Mack Avenue, 2003)
  • In My Time (Mack Avenue, 2005)
  • Monterey Moods (Mack Avenue, 2007)
  • Detroit (Mack Avenue, 2009)
  • Legacy (Mack Avenue, 2011)
  • DVD, movies, television

  • 1988: Man Against the Mob (T.V. Movie, NBC)
  • References

    Luis Bonilla Wikipedia