Easy-going Full-time Pro with 20+ years world-wide performing experience - weddings, corporate, beach parties, festivals, clubs...Elegant Instrumental & Vocal jazz & pop to hard rocking Vocal Rock, Soul, Alt, Country, Oldies.... Clean cut image, big voice, big smile. HUGE Rep: James Taylor, Mathews, Morrison, Stones, Wonder, Mraz, Clapton, Joel, Cash, Bela Fleck, Sinatra, Ellington, etc...I am a people person, and have found that my warm smile and positive vibes have contributed to many successful events. My goal is to please the client and make people happy with my grooving soulful music.
*** "There are several musicians that play more than one instrument, and quite a few who are also fine vocalists, but Tuey Connell is truly unique among singers and players."
The City Paper, Nashville
Since the age of 7, when I began playing the 5-string banjo on my family's working vineyard, I have devoted myself to learning a very broad repertoire with several instruments: guitar, banjo, harmonica and voice. I love rock as much as jazz and my repertoire covers a lot of ground: Sinatra and Nat King Cole to Van Morrison, the Beatles, Alleman Brothers, James Taylor, Dave Mathews Band, Meters,etc...
*** "Connell has to be one of the best-kept vocal/instrumentalist secrets in the country. He is a new vocal force not to be denied." - Novo, Indianapolis
As a result of my years of hard work, I have been awarded the opportunity of recording four critically acclaimed CD's for an established European label, scored soundtracks, played dozens of jingle and CD sessions, played on jazz, blues, folk, rock, world and bluegrass festival stages all over the US, Mexico, Canada, and Europe. I have also played over a thousand corporate, special event, wedding dates, children's music shows, schools, and more.
*** "One of a kind Connell delivers on promise." - Chicago Tribune
But most importantly, I am an easy-going fellow with a positive attitude and a willingness and ability to work hard to help people enjoy their party, event, wine tasting, cookout, dance...
*** "There's smoke and satin in Connell's voice, and the swing of his phrasing at all tempos is fully natural, unsoiled by retro campiness."
- All Music Guide
Whether it's singer/songwriter, classic rocker, jazz instrumental, jam band, jazz crooner, folk-rock, Motown or more, I play songs that people know and love. My repertoire is broad, but I am always learning new material.
*** "Multitalented Tuey Connell is quickly making a name for himself as a superb jazz singer in the same league as such contemporary champs as Harry Connick Jr., Kurt Elling, and Peter Cincotti."
- Minneapolis City Pages
*** "Connell's rich dark-hued baritone drips with sex appeal and he swings with an easy elegance that's equal parts Johnny Hartman and Kenny Rankin."
- Show Business
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and I wish you all the best as you develop your special event.
A Few Personal Highlights:
Composition Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council//
Austin City Limits TV performance//
John F. Kennedy Center For Performing Arts packed house//
Touring w/ the late great Vassar Clements//
Recording with Taj Mahal//
Minneapolis Winter Jazz Festival - Orchestra Hall w/ Dianne Reeves
I play all of these songs from memory, without sheet music, and with a smile.