Muskegon, Michigan, March 26, 2018 – Jazz singer/pianist Robin Connell and her husband, trombonist Paul Brewer, love nothing better than the opportunity to share The Great American Songbook with audiences. On Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. the Grand Rapids-based duo will bring their marvelous rhythm section—featuring bassist Chris Kjorness and celebrated drummer Tim Froncek—for a first appearance at The Block in downtown Muskegon. Selections will include music by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, The Beatles, and Joni Mitchell.
“Connell is a serious—and seriously talented—musician,” John Kissane wrote in CulturedGR. “It shows in the way she plays piano: confidently, loosely, and always supporting the music.” 2017 West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the Year, Connell is known and admired throughout Michigan not only for her musicianship but for her advocacy of and support of the music community.
“There are many musicians in the area that have top-notch skills who are publicly unrewarded for their achievements,” Connell told Local Spins. “As it becomes increasingly harder to earn a living as a musician, I want to encourage people to consider how live music impacts your life.”
Connell’s career is a kaleidoscope of performing, teaching and composing. Honing her craft for over a decade in New York City at The Waldorf-Astoria and The Rainbow Room, she follows in the tradition of singer‐pianists Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, and Blossom Dearie. Originally from Oklahoma, Paul Brewer has appeared in concert with over fifty major artists, including Mel Torme, Lena Horne, and The Temptations. He performs with the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and is a first call trombonist with touring shows and regional jazz musicians. In addition to his prowess as a trombonist, Paul is also a versatile singer with a prowess for ballad, blues and scat.
Ticket prices are $25, $10 for students with ID. Tickets and information can be obtained by calling 231.726.3231 or at www.TheBlockWestMichigan.org. The Block is located at 360 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon.