"Connell’s most exciting talents lie in composing... a great tasting blend of jazz, blues, & rock."
Originally from Detroit, Robin Connell follows in the tradition of singer‐pianists Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, and Blossom Dearie, tickling the ivories with original arrangements of time honored jazz standards. Honing her craft for over a decade in New York City, at places such as The Waldorf-Astoria and The Rainbow Room high atop Rockefeller Center, she brings the sophistication of The Great American Songbook to life in her own charming and inimitable way. An accomplished musician, Robin performs regularly with her trio, and as pianist with other artists and ensembles including a recent pops concert series with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Robin taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp for twenty summers where her students included Multi-Grammy winner Norah Jones. She currently teaches privately and travels as guest artist and clinician/adjudicator at jazz festivals and schools. In January 2020 she will be a featured clinician at the Jazz Education Network annual conference in New Orleans. Among her current endeavors, Robin hosts a jazz piano concert series, Jazz in the Sanctuary at Fountain Street Church, and co-directs the St Cecilia Youth Jazz Ensembles.

Keith Hall has established himself as a passionate educator and joyful performer. He is the director of the Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive and is the Jazz Drum Set Professor at Western Michigan University. He is the author of Jazz Drums Now! Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and is the radio host for Jazz Currents on WMUK. In addition, he has toured the globe with singer Curtis Stigers (12 Years) and his New York trio TRI-FI (15 years). Keith spent 8 years in New York City where he played drums on Broadway’s ‘Lion King’ and has performed with Betty Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Sir Roland Hanna, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, and many other jazz greats. Rob Hartman, bassist, performs regularly all around west Michigan with a variety of ensembles. In addition to playing in Robin’s trio, he is often seen locally with the John Shea Trio and the Fred Knapp Trio.

Special Guest

Max Colley III

Acclaimed and much-in-demand jazz trumpet player, Max Colley III is equally adept at trumpet and drums, a truly multi-talented musician. Effusing warmth and fun from onstage, Max has performed for 3 presidents, many entertainers, and with internationally acclaimed musicians including, John Pattitucci, Jon Faddis, Maria Schneider, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Belgrave, Robin Eubanks, Marcus Printup, Rodney Whitaker, Randy Brecker, Xavier and Quincy Davis, and Phil Woods. In 2014 the West Michigan Jazz Society honored Max as the Musician of the Year. A native of Grand Rapids, Max currently resides in Lansing and is the Jazz Events Coordinator at Michigan State University.

The only thing as good as the show? The drink you have after

GRAB A BITE, BEFORE OR AFTER

A few short steps from the Listening Room is One Twenty Three—our neighborly New American Tavern, serving hearty dishes with modern flare.