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Francina Connors

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, TheVillage Gate, Birdland, St. Nick's Pub and Tatou. To her credit, Francina has performed with young jazz artists Cyrus Chestnut (P), Gerald Cannon (B), Bruce Edwards (G), Eric Lewis (P), as well as seasoned veterans Joe Knight (P), Bill Lee (B), 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 for the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble under Wendell Logan and Kenny Davis. Subsequently she moved to the dues paying New York City to further hone her skills. She's studied with Opera Ebony's Wayne Saunders and, under the careful tutelage of jazz masters Barry Harris and Benny Powell, continues making headway on the competitive New York jazz scene.

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July 17, 2009

Ethan Mann & Friends Featuring Jazz Vocalist, Francina Connors @ Jules...

August 08, 2008

Francina Connors Trio @ Saint Peter's Jazz Vespers, Tomorrow

August 06, 2008

Francina Connors Trio @ Saint Peters Jazz Vespers

June 20, 2006

Francina Connors Trio at Butterfly Blue, Sugar Hill's Newest Restaurant...

June 20, 2006

Francina Connors Trio @ Butterfly Blue, Sugar Hill's Newest Restaurant...

June 18, 2006

Francina Connors Trio @ Butterfly Blue, Sugar Hill's Newest Restaurant...

April 29, 2006

Francina Connors Trio heads up New Sunday Brunch at Creole, Apr. 30,...

April 27, 2006

Francina Connors Trio heads up New Sunday Brunch at Creole, Apr. 30,...

April 13, 2006

Francina Connors Duo @ Creole Jazz Brunch, Sun., April 23, 2-6pm

March 27, 2006

Francina Connors' "Uptown Jazz" with Michael Howell at Penang, Tues.,...

March 13, 2006

Francina Connors' "Uptown Jazz" with Michael Howell, Tuesday, Mar. 14...

March 12, 2006

Francina Connors' "Uptown Jazz" with Michael Howell, Tuesday "Chill" @...

February 12, 2006

Francina Connors' "Uptown Jazz" w/Michael Howell, Love Is @ Penang,...

February 02, 2006

Francina Connors Quartet This Sunday at St. Peters Jazz Vespers, 5pm....

February 01, 2006

Francina Connors Quartet @ St. Peters' Jazz Vespers This Sunday, Feb....

January 10, 2006

Francina Connors' Uptown Jazz Trio @ Penang, Wed., Jan.11, 8pm-12am

January 08, 2006

Francina Connors' Uptown Jazz Trio @ Penang, Wed., Jan.11, 8pm-12am

December 20, 2005

Francina Connors' "Uptown Jazz" w/ MIchael Howell @ Penang, Wed., Dec....

December 07, 2005

Francina Connors'"Uptown Jazz" w/ Michael Howell (G) @ Penang, 8pm-12am.

December 05, 2005

Francina Connors'"Uptown Jazz" w/ Michael Howell (G) @ Penang, 8pm-12am.