Julie Bonk is one of those rare musicians who expresses from deep within her soul, giving unique life and color to everything she plays. She is the 2014 winner of the Sammons Center for the Arts Jazz Musician of the Year .
She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy where she developed her love for Jazz, Blues and songwriting. Her studies continued at UNT where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance. Julie has performed and recorded with such notables as Bob Hope, Buggs Henderson, The Supremes, The Drifters, The Platters, Z.Z. Hill, Henry (The Skipper) Franklin and Sunship, Suede, Rusty Burns, Guthrie Kennard, Tom Prasada-Rao, Andrew Jr. Boy Jones.
Currently living in Texas, Ms. Bonk is a well-respected and accomplished piano teacher in Jazz and Blues improvisation, composition, music theory, performance techniques and vocal styling. Some of her better-known students have included Grammy Award Winner Norah Jones, Scott Hoying from the Pentatonics, Allie Farris and Amy Abbott Owsley (American Chills).
Julie remains in high demand for performing. The cd 'Different Shades of Blue' features songs closest to her heart as well as some examples of her soulful originals.
Julie is currently playing and recording with El Haragan, Felipe Souza, Natalia Marrokin, Vinnie Colaiuta, Bobby Sparks, Tom Prasada-Rao,Wanda King (Freddie King's daughter) and her own Band.