The future looks bright
The world has changed in many ways since the release of my first album in May of 2019. In the spring of 2020 we collectively watched from our homes as the world shut down on a scale never seen before in modern history. Looking back to the end of February and early March of that year, I am filled with an immense gratitude thats interwoven with a sense of melancholy and longing. Longing for the "normal" we took for granted. That I took for granted. We've all adjusted to this new world in our own different ways, but no matter the perspective or opinion we are united by the fact everyone is trying their best. A hard lesson as sometimes "one's best" can feel utterly inadequate.
Despite the absence of live music in 2020 and the first half of 2021 the summer was full of musical successes for me. 2021 marked the first year I was invited to perform at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival as a band leader. It was such a thrill to present my original music to a warm and welcoming audience both in person and online. That same day I released my second album (cheekily titled "Welcome to Trashland") and it is currently available on Bandcamp for purchase or streaming.
This fall brings many exciting opportunities including a weekly gig at a charming chinatown speakeasy, a return to performing at some of my favourite local venues, and heading back to the studio to record my next two albums.
For everyone in the music industry, it has taken serious adjusting to the new "normal". Whether it's been playing six feet apart, playing behind plexiglass, or playing from home, we're all working on ways to be able to share our music to our community. For many of us this has meant going from performing four or five times a week to performing four or five times a month. It's not ideal, but we're heading in the right direction. With ample caution and mindfulness I'm optimistic that the future will once again hold venues full of music lovers, festivals, international tours, and dancing. (The day dancing returns in venues, I will cry!)
To all the folks who have purchased my albums online over the past 20 months, I can't thank you enough. Your continued support has inspired me to keep moving forward, to keep creating, and to keep sharing as much music as I can. The future is bright, and I'm excited for everything that is to come!
I wish you all a safe and happy Autumn full of sweaters that aren't itchy, leaves that are crunchy, and homes and venues filled with beautiful music.
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Bonnie is a trumpet player, vocalist and pianist based in Vancouver BC. Drawn to vintage jazz at an early age she performs music from the 20's, 30's and 40's as well as composes her own original music in the vintage style. Her singing is smokey and rich and her trumpet playing is a call to the early jazz styles of New Orleans. Bonnie has released two albums "Between Then and Now" (2019), and "Welcome to Trashland" (2021) and one EP "Bonnie Northgraves and the Brown Sugar Bears"(2020)