The Definition of BonaFide is “Authentic, sincere or without artifice” BonaFide, the group, dishes out music that is “genuine & real” from organic instruments and no special effects. It is the result of Award-Winning Vocalist Paula Harris coming from the San Francisco Bay Area and New York Bassist, Mike Frost, both musicians with Jazz backgrounds and a love & appreciation of Soul, Funk & Blues teaming up. These two powerhouse band leaders have come together with Mike Gibilisco, a gospel band leader from Tampa on Saxophone, and Iliana Rose, a Latin Jazz band leader from Los Angeles on Keys with the goal to create world-class original music and imaginative covers. The group, which offers formats from six to eight pieces, sprang from the first time they worked together. The chemistry was so blatant, they immediately began working on arrangements. The result is both from-the-heart and crafted to be top-shelf. The group offers the Driving grooves of dance music, especially the 70's funk genre, meshed with the technical precision & complexity of Jazz and the passion of Soul & Blues. The result is not only approachable with broad appeal, In the words of Hazen Bannister (Music professor and founding member of “The Swinging Medallions”) it is “Next Level” This is a group other musicians come out to hear. With BonaFide, The motto of “It’s not the song, it’s the players” holds true. BonaFide is, simply put, great music from musicians at the top of their game. This act cannot be put into a box. Their appeal is the manner in which they make the borders that exist between genres, disappear. BonaFide is sophisticated fresh and fun!.
To See a sample of our music click the link below to see some of our set at this year's Fall For Greenville