Robin Connell Trio
Robin’s classic jazz piano trio [piano, bass, drums] performs regularly in venues all across Michigan as an instrumental trio or with Robin’s soft jazzy vocals added. With harmonic sophistication at the piano, and a tinge of haunting introspection, she sings and “tells the story” with the depth that comes from true-life experience. Best in an intimate or cozy setting, Robin draws the audience into an ‘at home feeling,’ indeed, as if performing for you in her own living room.
Robin & Paul Duo/Quartet
Robin and Paul delight in sharing their love of classic jazz with audiences near and far. Likened to Diana Krall and Chet Baker, their very personal approach features original arrangements of time-honored standards drawn from The Great American Songbook (Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, Ellington), notable swinging classics by jazz greats (such as Clark Terry, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis), and original
compositions that get audiences smiling and tapping their toes.
Inspired by, and in tribute to, the late jazz-funk keyboard artist, Eddie Russ, the band "Eddie's Here" performs some of Russ's better known tunes as well as their own original jazz-funk fusion compositions and jazzy arrangements of pop tunes by the Jackson Five, Beatles, Laura Nyro, and others.
Kathy Lamar & Robin Connell
Kathy Lamar and Robin Connell, each a band leader in her own right, join forces to perform shows with their dynamic and delightfully infectious band. Kathy, Grand Rapids premiere soul-jazz vocalist, brings her three decades of experience performing in the clubs and shows of Las Vegas to every performance charming audiences with her heart filled renditions of both rare and well-known tunes. Robin Connell, Keyboardist and West Michigan Jazz Society 2017 Musician of the Year, knits together the ensemble that includes multiple percussionists and optional horn section. Available as a trio, or larger, for shows and private events.
Jazz in the Sanctuary
In 2014, Robin Connell began co-producing and hosting an annual series of jazz piano concerts at Fountain Street Church, continuing a long-standing church tradition of presenting concerts & guest speakers in the sanctuary. Jazz in the Sanctuary features Robin interviewing and performing with the guest musicians. Xavier Davis, Ellen Rowe, Jeremy Siskind, Matt Brewer, Jim Cooper, Paul Johnston, Paul Keller, & Terry Lower are among the featured guest musicians.
Piano - Vibes!
Since forming their unique combination of jazz piano and vibes in 2017, Jim Cooper and Robin have enjoyed a variety of performance opportunities as a duo, trio and quartet at venues such as the Holland Arts Council, Oxbow, the SpeakEZ, private parties and concerts. Their trio plays every Friday, 5-8pm, at Harmony Hall, as well as the 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month from 2-4pm.