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Connye Florance and Kevin Madill have been inspiring audiences with their passionate, engaged, conversational brand of jazz  for more than 20 years. Nashville fans often call them  “The Dynamic Duo”,a testament to their musical power  and to the reputation these two have forged together  as artists…

 and as husband & wife.

 

Commercial Recordings

Sweetbud Music: Colors of Jazz, Jazz Rhapsody Live

Leon Russell Records : Connye Florance

Waterstone Records: Turn My Heart

DiskEyes Productions: Let It Snow

 

Performances as Featured Artist

Clayton Jazz Festival

Germantown Performing Arts 

Phillippe Performing Arts Center

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Washington-Wilkes Historical Center

Nashville Jazz Workshop

Nashville Jazz Orchestra 

Carson Valley Arts Concert Series 

Athens Center for the Arts

Alive After Five” Jazz Series

Alexandria Museum of Art

Rudy’s Jazz Room

 

Awards, Honors, Grants & Endorsements

Heritage Award Nashville Jazz Workshop 2013

Heartfelt Music Award NAMI Davidson 2013

NAZA Programming Partner Mayor’s After-Zone Alliance 2010

Esteemed Artist, SouthArts TN Arts Commission/Southern Arts Federation 2007

PD Grant Recipient Tennessee Arts Commission 2007

Teaching Artist: Community Engagement & Project Development

“Crossing the Divide/Come Together”Concert and Racial Diversity Forum, Scarritt Bennett Center 

Developer & Facilitator, Crossing The Divide Concert and Racial Diversity Forum, since 2011

Teaching Artist, TN Performing Arts Center Education, since 2005

Vocal Performance Instructor,  Nashville Jazz Workshop, since 2005

Creator and Performer, Arts at the Library “Singing the Legacy” Music & History program

 

 

“Having been an admirer, fan, and friend of these two marvelous musicians for over two decades, it is my pleasure to recommend their music to anyone who enjoys great music artistically performed.”  

 Steve Farnsley, Community & Development Officer (Ret)  

Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA

 

 


Bios

Connye Florance is an award-winning jazz vocalist, published songwriter, and Teaching Artist. She is endorsed as an “Esteemed Southern Artist” by SouthernArtistry, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She has recorded two studio albums, two live compilations, and can be heard as a featured artist on 27 cds.  Connye is an instructor at the Nashville Jazz Workshop, where she is also a regularly featured artist, with her biographical shows presented for the” Jazz On The Move” Series (Dinah Washington, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday), and for the Snap on 2&4 Concert Series.  Connye has headlined Jazz festivals, and toured and performed throughout the Southeast.   www.connyeflorance.com

 

Kevin Madill is a pianist, accompanist, arranger, and programmer who has played on, produced and conducted over 3000 recordings and 2000 live shows, including for artists such as Tony Bennett, Leon Russell, and Smokey Robinson. Kevin’s live show work spans all genres of music, including work with Nashville Children’s Theatre, and Nashville Rep. He has been ensemble leader/pianist for 11 years of “Vespers and All That Jazz” at Scarritt Bennett Center, and serves as Music Ministry Director for Nashville’s historic Howard Congregational Church, UCC. 

What they are saying:

“Connye’s voice is like French-silk pie”  Phil-Michal Thomas

“… a gorgeous voice that combines the power of Jennifer Holiday and the emotive authority of Whitney Houston.”   Christopher Louden,  Jazz Times

“Her vocal elegance is highlighted by an emotional quality that is at once reassuring and breathtaking.”   Leon Russell

“Prolonged exposure to this singer’s velvety vocals can induce an involuntary, trance-like state of blissful nirvana”  John Pitcher, Art Now Nashville