Co-Founder • Production Coordinator • Jazz Vocalist
They say good things come in small packages. And so it goes with jazz vocalist, Francina Connors. In an age of gimmicks and slick packaging, this diminutive songstress returns majesty and beauty to the "first instrument" with a natural and unaffected style.
In just a few years on the New York scene, Francina's vocal stylings have led to performances in such noted jazz venues as Smalls, The Village Gate, Birdland, St. Nick's Pub and Tatou. To her credit, Francina has performed with young jazz artists Eric Lewis (P) and Jason Moran (P), Cyrus Chestnut (P), Gerald Cannon (B) and Bruce Edwards (G), as well as seasoned jazz stalwarts Joe Knight (P), Benny Powell (Trb), Tom Macintosh (Arr./Trb), John Ore (B) and Britt Woodman (Trb).
The daughter of a classical pianist, Francina began singing at five, continuing on to numerous choirs, small ensembles, public television work and solo competitions. She contributes her keen ear and harmonic sense to a rich diet of musical styles. Her background includes classical, spirituals and extensive choral work as well as the sounds of her Cleveland, OH roots, which provided an intro to jazz with a healthy foundation in R&B, Soul and Funk.
Francina fell in love with jazz while at Oberlin College. While studying voice in the Oberlin Conservatory, she performed as soloist the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble under Wendell Logan and Kenny Davis and in jazz, and R&B. Subsequently she moved to the dues paying New York City to further hone her skills. Francina's studied with Opera Ebony's Wayne Saunders, jazz vocalist, Sheila Jordan, and under the careful tutelage of jazz masters Barry Harris, Benny Powell and continues making headway on the competitive New York jazz scene.
Francina's wide vocal range and diverse musical background have afforded her a myriad of opportunities in and out of jazz. From an Off-Broadway show with Thuli and Dumakude and The South African Singers, recording with Calypso artist, Arrow and the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, jazz bassist Bill Lee and The Bill Lee Family Singers and joined Barry Harris Jazz Choir in festival in Den Haag, The Netherlands. This versatile artist definitely likes to stretch! She regularly on the New York scene leading her own ensembles as well as duos with noted guitarist, Michael Howell at venues throughout the city. Her latest endeavors include songwriting (hear her originals on her debut CD, winter 2007) joining her family with a new music services entity, The Cinarae Group, as well as co-founding (with legendary bassist, Reggie Workman) the upcoming Sculptured Sounds Music Festival (Feb 2007, NYC).
If talent, charm and tenacity are the keys to success, expect a bright future for this blossoming artist.
For further information, please contact: Cinarae Music
P.O. Box 1196
CONTACT: Cinarae Music STYLE: All styles (jazz concentration)
NIGHTCLUBS AND OTHER VENUES
OTHER CREDITS (including television/film credits)
EDUCATION: Oberlin College, B.A., Govt., Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Studied Voice (Gerald Crawford) and Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Ensemble (Wendell Logan); Univ. of Amherst ("Bright Moments" Summer Jazz Workshop); Jazzmobile; Voice (Jack Waddell & Gregory Hopkins); Barry Harris Jazz Workshop; Jazz Theory & Composition (Earl Coleman); Rhythm and Solfeggio (Boys Harbor Conservatory), Sheila Jordan (City College of NY) .