Java & Jazz: Robin Connell Trio
Jazz pianist-singer, Robin Connell, the Artprize 2016 jazz music award recipient, and the West Michigan Jazz Society’s 2017 Musician of the Year, follows in the tradition of singer‐pianists Diana Krall, and Blossom Dearie, tickling the ivories with original arrangements of time honored jazz standards. Originally from Detroit, she honed her craft in New York City, at places such as The Waldorf-Astoria, bringing the sophistication of The Great American Songbook to life in her own charming and inimitable way. Her trio includes Paul Smith, drums, and Chris Kjorness, bass.
An accomplished musician, Robin performs regularly as bandleader or side-woman throughout the Midwest and hosts the jazz piano concert series, Jazz in the Sanctuary at Fountain Street Church.
Enthusiastic about jazz education, Robin currently co-directs the St Cecilia Youth Jazz Ensembles, teaches privately and travels as guest artist and clinician/adjudicator. From 1990-2009 she taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp where her students included Norah Jones.