Our Host for Midsummer Colors of Jazz
Bonnie Johnson is producer and host of Colors of Jazz; heard Sundays from 12 to 4pm on WICN, 90.5 FM, the program features jazz plus R&B, soul and everything in between. The show often incorporates relevant interviews with musicians, community leaders, rising stars and celebrity artists. Raising awareness of jazz and the impact of its NPR listenership, she also serves as underwriting account executive, advancing partnerships for the station.
In years past, Bonnie has teamed up with JazzBoston, a nonprofit resource, where she co-curated their JazzBird™ App and concurrently co-chaired the organization of a first ever College Radio Night for students and advisors. She assisted in the facilitation of presentations including: 21st century radio and the “role of jazz”, the multi-media launch of JazzBird™ and Q&A session with area radio personalities. She is also an active member of the Jazz Journalists Association. In 2013, Bonnie participated in the United Nations Department of Public Information’s program Jazz: A Language for Peace: The First Dave Brubeck Forum, held in New York City. In 2014, she joined leaders of JazzBoston to accompany students from elementary, middle and high schools in Boston on a bus trip to the 60th Newport Jazz Festival.
Close to home, Bonnie co-founded the St. Cecilia Choir Alumnae Group at All Saints in Worcester; serving as a past director and spearheading the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund. In April 2015, she developed The Colors of Jazz Story Walk Tourä, a literacy project that incorporates live jazz to reach school-aged children. With a passion for music, analytical mindset and host of connections, Bonnie brings a rich collection of talents to every program in which she is involved. 2016 marks Colors of Jazz fifth anniversary and Bonnie’s collaboration with Song Caravan, LLC to present “Midsummer Colors of Jazz: A Song & Dance Musical Revue” is her foray into live theatrical production.
Bonnie holds a B.A. and M.S. in Communications in Information Management from Bay Path University. Her professional career spans more than a decade in technology, specifically as a database and systems analyst at Broadridge Financial, supporting the development of cloud-based marketing solutions. Committed to peace, music, and youth advocacy, her outreach into the community likewise includes membership on the Multicultural Committee of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as teaching and mentoring with Black Girls CODE
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Here are some excerpts from Bonnie's show on WICN
Interview with Al Jarreau
Interview with Kenny Baron
Interview with Marika Hughes