Vocalist, Vocal Coach, Entertainer

Something Vo-Cool on November 21st

“Something Vo-Cool” Rhonda Laurie, Connie Olson and Tommy Bruce

When California jazz of the early 1950s met up with New York bebop players and merged their styles, “Cool Jazz” was born. When you say “cool jazz,” singers a/k/a/ “Vo-Cool,” Julie London, June Christy, Chet Baker, Anita O’Day, Mel Torme, and Peggy Lee come to mind. In this November concert, the “cool jazz” vocalist trio of Rhonda Laurie, Connie Olson, and Tommy Bruce will be accompanied by Phil Aaron on piano, Steve Pikal on bass, and Nathan Norman on drums.

Sunday, November 21st, 2010 at 1:00pm at the Womans Club of Minneapolis 410 oak grove street, mpls, mn 55408

Tickets Available

at the door $18.00; $16.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for TCJS and Woman’s Club members

For tickets call 612-813-5300

Comments (0) Nov 11 2010

“Cool” Sounds for Cooler Mornings

Come Join Us for Famous Dave’s Fabulous Brunch in Uptown Minnesota this Sunday.

Featuring the “cool” sounds of Fred Flowerday on keys, Anthony Cox on bass, Chico Harris on percussion, and the vocals of Connie Olson.

Sunday September 19th 2010


Famous Dave’s BBQ and Music Club

3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN  55408


Comments (0) Sep 16 2010

The Stars of Connie’s 5th Annual Student Showcase

Connie’s students take the stage on June 6th at Famous Dave’s.  Here’s a little bit about the rising stars you will be seeing.

Sophie Sigel

Sophie will be a Junior at Wayzata High School next year. She has been taking voice lessons for
four years and started last year with Connie. She has performed in fourteen shows, and in “Annie Get Your Gun,” she was Winnie Tate. In her free time, Sophie likes to dance, sing and hang out with her friends. She would like to thank her friends and family for all their love and support!

Bartley Stratton

Bartley recently moved from San Diego to the Twin Cities. She started doing musical theater productions in elementary school and then branched out to other genres of music. Along with musical theater, she has participated in multiple choirs, done vocal directing for high school students, sang the National Anthem at various events, sung with worship bands at churches, and was in a cover band before moving to Minnesota. Bartley is looking to do sit-ins with bands in the Twin Cities and she is an active member of the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir.

Carmon Johnson

Chef Carmon Johnson is Connie Olson’s newest vocal student and they met each other while Connie was performing. Carmon was brought up in a family of musicians and artists in the Como Park area of St. Paul. She grew up listening to rock music such as Prince, Roy Orbison and Elvis to name a few influences. Carmon was named after her father’s favorite song by Marty Robbins.

Sally Leder

Sally is completing her third year of lessons with Connie and is still loving it. She loves Swing, Jazz and Big Band music. When people ask what kind of music she sings, she tells them, ”I swing the standards!”


Alexandra Lynn Noonan

Alexandra just graduated from University of St. Thomas with a major in Marketing. She has recently begun working at The Cheesecake Factory and soon hopes to open her own dessert shop. Music has been a true passion of hers since she was old enough to hold a microphone. She is excited to start writing her own lyrics and continue to pursue one of her loves in life.

Jamee Hansen

Jamee Hansen of South St. Paul is eight years old and just completed second grade at Lincoln Center Elementary School. She loves singing, dancing, art, riding horses, volleyball and basketball. Jamee has been in three plays and is now in a class at the Children’s Theatre,“The Fundamentals of Acting.” Her favorite singers are Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Selena Gomez.

Freyja Hafner

Freyja is 17 years old and lives in Minneapolis. She just completed her junior year at Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins. At Main Street, she is a member of the Small Group Ensemble, and was selected to be a member of Chamber Singers in her senior year. Freyja loves music of all types but particularly Jazz and Blues.

Rebecca Fogel

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

Comments (0) Jun 01 2010

Connie Olson’s 5th Annual Student Showcase


Please join me at Famous Dave’s in Uptown for my student showcase on June 6th, 2010! Great music, food, and atmosphere!

I will be presenting vocalists:
Rebecca Fogel
Freyja Hafner
Jamee Hansen
Carmon Johnson
Sally Leder
Alix Noonan
Sophie Sigel
Bartley Stratton

And special guest artists:
Martha Alkins
Cooper Craig-Casmer
Arne Fogel
Ali Washington

The Band:
Brian Ziemniak…Keyboards
Chris Bates…Bass
Vinnie Rose…Guitar
Pete Hennig…Drums
Deb Brown…Vocals
Connie Olson…Vocals

The menu is fabulous! So come for dinner!

This is my fifth showcase and I am looking forward to my students performing at Famous Dave’s this year…great sound, stage and lights!….and food!
They are all so talented and inspirational and have worked hard this year. As always I appreciate the support of the families, they have all been so supportive!
We all look forward to seeing you at this very important event!


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

For reservations call: 612-822-9900
Parking Available in Ramp next door and on Street

Comments (0) May 13 2010

Connie and Xtended Play perform for the National Kidney Foundation

Massage therapists from all over the area will be offering sample massages, while the Xtended Play band will be hosting a stage joined by special guests to create the atmosphere and help people explore the tremendous healing powers of music and therapeutic massage!

This is a fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation and will hopefully raise awareness of this important cause. The organizer of this event is a recent transplant donor, and her son was a recipient of a much needed kidney transplant.

Please join us for this event on

Saturday May 8th from 9:00am-3:00pm
Wayzata Bay Center Mall
927 East Lake Street

Scheduled to perform:

Laughing hearts Pub Band at 10 am
Xtended Play band at 11:45am
Connie Olson (with Xtended Play) at Noon
Thomasina Petrus (with Xtended Play) at 1:00pm

Comments (0) May 07 2010

A Sultry and Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch

Famous Dave’s Presents Connie Olson

Join Twin Cities vocalist and multi recording artist Connie Olson and her ensemble of talented musicians, as she brings her eclectic blend of Jazz and sassy grooves to Famous Dave’s.

Sunday May 2, 2010


Famous Dave’s BBQ and Music Club

3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN  55408


Comments (0) Apr 26 2010

Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

Join Connie Olson and Xtended Play for a night of exotic jazz .

April 16, 2010 at 8:00pm

A special One Night Only event

Connie will captivate you with her sultry and utterly distinctive voice as she performs an eclectic mix of contemporary arrangements backed by Fred Flowerday, Chico Harris,  Andrew Schwandt, GT Hammer, and Jonathan Thomas of Xtended Play.

The School II 600 Market Street Suite 170 Chanhassen, MN 55317

for more information visit www.schoolofthewise.net or call 952-949-0000

Comments (0) Apr 11 2010

So…You want to be a Singer?

Saturday, March 20th 2:00pm at Groth Music

A Technical Clinic and Performance by Connie Olson

  • General Tips and Suggestions
  • Technique and Style
  • Vocal Coaching
  • Performance Tips
  • The Business of Music

and a Live Performance with Rhythm Section

Please RSVP to Events@GrothMusic.com


Groth Music Co.
8056 Nicollet Ave. South, Bloomington, MN
952-884-1134 fax

Comments (0) Feb 17 2010

Valentines Treats with Connie!

Honey makes it all Sweeter!
I will be at Honey in Minneapolis on February 14th from 7-9pm!

Bring your sweetheart and enjoy the Jazz-Cabaret-Variety show with hosts Jennifer Eckes and Arne Fogel as well as special guest Me! Connie Olson!

A fantastic date on a special night at a beautiful sweet filled venue!

I hope to see you there!

Comments (0) Feb 02 2010

Warm up January with Connie!

Connie will be appearing at the Redstone American Grill!

Friday, January 15th and Saturday, January 16th! 8:30-Midnight

Enjoy fantastic food, drinks, atmosphere and jazz with Connie and the band.

Keys…Brian Ziemniak
Bass…Friday…Graydon Peterson
Bass…Saturday…Chris Bates
Drums..Haralds Bondaris
Vocals..Connie Olson

Redstone American Grill
12501 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Comments (0) Jan 08 2010