Bonnie FlowerSinger/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Flower, is best known for her cult classic album recorded in 1969, Wendy & Bonnie: Genesis. Bonnie's music covers a spectrum spanning folk-rock to Brazilian. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Bonnie began taking drum lessons at age seven. Her father and first teacher Art Flower was the drummer for several S.F. night club show bands during the 1950s and 60s, including the famed Forbidden City in Chinatown, The Village in North beach, the Fairmont Hotel's Venetian Room, and Bimbo's 365 club. Bonnie started playing drums in garage bands when she was in the sixth grade. By 1967, she was playing guitar and composing. Legendary Latin jazz vibest Cal Tjader heard songs by Bonnie and her sister Wendy and signed them to his Skye Records label. Their innovative album Genesis was released in 1969. It was produced by jazz great Gary McFarland, with some of the finest L.A. musicians including guitarist Larry Carlton and drummer Jimmy Keltner. Genesis was reissued as a CD in 2000 on the Sundazed label and earned worldwide acclaim, and is now available as a CD, special edition LP, and Bonnie Flowerdownload through Sundazed, Amazon, itunes, and other major outlets.

At 21 Bonnie began performing in clubs and hotels in the Bay area. Influenced by her mentor Pete Escovedo, she introduced Latin percussion (timbales and congas) into her performances. In 1983 she moved to Los Angeles, where she formed the Bonnie Flower Quartet with Llew Matthews (Nancy Wilson's pianist and musical director). They played in jazz clubs and major hotels. Bonnie moved back to the Bay Area in 1998 to be with family and friends. She performed solo gigs, playing guitar and singing, occasionally teaming up with her father as a duo. In 1999 she gigged a "divorce party" thrown by a Veteran's Administration therapist named Peppy Bolfango who liked the show so much he married Bonnie. The couple recently moved to Cottonwood when Peppy was transferred to the Prescott VA.  
 
Today Bonnie performs in the Sedona area, and works on a new album of original compositions. She does commissions through her longstanding painted glassware business, Flower Art Production, and her work appears in local gift shops and at bonnieflower.com.

Bonnie Flower