Vocalist, Vocal Coach, Entertainer

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2013

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Join Connie at the 15th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival this June.
She will be performing at the Vocal Showcase at Golden’s Deli
275 4th Street, Lowertown, St. Paul.
Friday, June 28 from 7-11pm  and Saturday, June 29, 7-11pm

Come for a great show and don’t miss the rest of the Jazz Festival.  Visit www.hotsummerjazz.com for a complete schedule and details.

Comments (0) Jun 25 2013

Join us for the 2103 Showcase of Stars!



Connie Olson Presents!
Showcase 2013
Famous Daves BBQ & Blues Club

June 9, 2013 5:00 p.m.

The Band

Brian Ziemniak – Keyboards
Rick Carlson – Keyboards
Graydon Peterson – Bass
Vinnie Rose – Guitar
Haralds Bondaris – Drums
Scott Fultz – Saxophone
Connie Olson – Vocals

Special Guests: Deb Brown Ali Washington

Special thanks to the members of the band for their time and for giving these new performers such a unique experience.


Martha AlkinsMartha Alkins

This is my fourth showcase with Connie. It’s been great having her in my life and having my music back. I still take care of Izzy, Connie’s cat. He’s twenty-two years old and going strong. I also have the great pleasure of being part of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival this summer. I’m looking forward to that!

Bryan BassettBryan Bassett

Bryan was born in the Turks and Caicos Islands and raised in Freeport, Bahamas in the Caribbean. He’s been in music just about all of his life playing in several bands. Music is his passion. He has auditioned for the X-Factor and America’s Got Talent. He loves biking, bowling and sometimes boxing and hanging out with his friends.

MaKenzie DeGraicaMaKenzie DeGracia-Sytsma

MaKenzie is an 8th grader in Bloomington, MN who describes herself as loving, funny, and outgoing.  While her interests are many, she particularly likes to sing, dance, shop, and watch movies. Highlights of the past year include a trip to Turkey over Christmas and her first session in a recording studio, a place where she hopes to spend a lot of time in the future.

Rebecca FogelRebecca Fogel

Rebecca Fogel has always loved music and has been singing since she was a toddler. She sang in her junior high and high school choirs and performed in musicals at camp. She performed with her Dad at ARC’s gala benefit in February of this year. Her iPod contains an eclectic mix of jazz, pop, rock and roll and show tunes. She is hard to beat at music trivia games! She especially likes music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Some of her favorite artists are The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Elvis, Bonnie Raitt and her dad.

Sally LederSally Leder

Sally is in her sixth year of working with Connie, and it has been a great experience.  She has learned so much about music and performing. Sally’s number one interest is Jazz and Swing.  She loves the big band sound and the Jazz trio or quartet.  Some of her favorite singers are Frank Sinatra, Steve Tyrell, June Christy, Nina Simone and of late, Peggy Lee. Sally says that singing makes a gloomy day feel sunny and happy.

Barbara McKernanBarbara McKernan

Barbara’s first love is music – from Baroque to Bruce Springsteen, everything in between and more!  She remembers memorizing and singing songs off the radio when she was five years old.  She has been in choirs and chorales ever since, but rarely sang solo until she met the wonderfully encouraging voice coach, Connie Olson.  She also plays recorders in an Early Music quartet out of the St. Paul Conservatory.


2013 Showcase Program

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Connie at Parma!

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Back at the Lexington!

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Twin Cities Jazz Festival

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Showcase 2012

Connie Olson Presents!
Showcase 2012

Famous Daves BBQ & Blues Club
June 3, 2012
5:00 p.m.

The Band:
Brian Ziemniak Keyboards
Rick Carlson Keyboards
Graydon Peterson Bass
Vinnie Rose Guitar
Haralds Bondaris Drums
Dave Karr Saxophone

Special Guests:
Deb Brown
Arne Fogel
Ali Washington

With Performances by:

Martha Alkins
MaKenzie DeGracia-Sytsma
Rebecca Fogel
Sally Leder
Melissa Monson
Maryann Sullivan


Famous Dave’s BBQ and Blues Club
3001 Hennepin Avenue
Uptown Minneapolis 55408

Comments (0) May 26 2012

Toyz in the Attic

Connie’s got a new band!
Toyz in the Attic are a Minneapolis based Jazz quartet. A hybrid mix of sambas, originals, melodic Jazz rhythms.

The core instrumentation consists of Keyboardist Fred Flowerday, Bass Guitarist Jonathan Thomas, Saxophonist Andrew Schwandt, and Percussionist C Harris. Each of the members can be found on any given night performing with a variety of other well known and establish entertainers and music ensembles in the twin cities nite club scene.

Vocalist Connie Olson, well known for delivering phenomenal vocal arrangements, has chosen the group as her backup ensemble for special 2012 performances.

The newly formed Nu Jazz group Toyz in the Attic, is quartet of professional Minnesota musicians. The group blends creatively classic standards, drifting into brazilian sambas, vibrant originals. and their hybrid mix of Nu Jazz while invading other genres with fluidness.Remembering the concept that less is more, allows the infectious sounds of Toyz in the Attic to entice.
Visit the Toyz in the Attic Facebook page to keep in touch!

Comments (0) Apr 06 2012

Connie Olson’s 6th Annual Showcase!

Where: Famous Dave’s BBQ and Blues Club in Calhoun Square at Lake and Hennepin in Minneapolis
When: Sunday, June 12th at 5pm

I will be presenting:

Martha Alkins
Rebecca Fogel
Macy Kommer
Sally Leder
Barbara McKernan
Rich Reeder
Tara Rogan
Amanda Stewart

The Band:
Brian Ziemniak….keys
Rick Carlson….keys
Graydon Peterson…..bass
Vinnie Rose….guitar
Pete Hennig….drums
Doug Haining…saxophone

Guest artists!
Freyja Hafner
Deb Brown
Arne Fogel

*Wonderful music, inspiring vocalists, great food……Famous Dave’s makes it a wonderful event! Please join us!


Famous Dave’s BBQ and Blues Club
3001 Hennepin Avenue
Uptown Minneapolis 55408

Comments (0) May 28 2011

Connie in “The Red Room”

Monday, December 12th 7-10pm

Loring Pasta Bar ~ The Red Room
327-14th Ave. SE (Dinkytown)
Mpls. MN.


Join Rick Carlson on piano and myself in this cozy and intimate room upstairs in the wonderful Loring Pasta Bar!

Comments (0) Apr 07 2011

Hollywood Cabaret – The 50′s

Arne Fogel, Connie Olson and Connie Evingson

In part three of the Hollywood Cabaret series celebrating the era of the great movie musical, Arne and his guests step into the Bloomington Black Box Theater and offer a program of classic songs from the Silver Screen Songfests of the 1950′s, along with a few songs from the 1960′s.

Musical Director Tanner Taylor

  • Saturday, March 26, 2011      2:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 26, 2011       7:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 27th, 2011     2:00 pm

Black Box Theatre

  • $18 Adults, $16 Seniors/Students

Tickets, call 952-563-8575

Bloomington Center For The Arts 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN  55431


Comments (0) Mar 10 2011