"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.

Special Guest

Ivan Akansiima

Ivan Akansiima, multi-instrumentalist was born in Jinja , a trade city in Eastern Uganda where he was Inspired by touring Christian bands that were hosted by his family. Ivan began playing drums in their church band by age seven. Orphaned at an early age, his sister supported Ivan’s passion for music, even as he taught himself how to play Western music mixing it with Ugandan indigenous folklore on multiple instruments.

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.