MEET CONNELL THOMPSON
With his fresh style, smooth dance moves, and electric playing, Saxophonist Connell Thompson is a one of a kind star musician that is definitely on the rise. His passion shows in every performance as he engages the crowd and creates an energy that fills the room and makes any stage, party and event unforgettable.
With Jazz, Pop, R&B, Funk, Motown, House, Klezmer, and Balkan/ Turkish music all under his belt, he has recently delved into the rapidly growing genre and industry of Afrobeats and is taking it by storm both in the US and abroad, everywhere from Europe to Africa and beyond.
He has been playing at the top Afrobeats events, concerts, parties and weddings with bookings set well into 2022. Some of his latest performances include playing on stage with Nigerian superstar Runtown in Lagos, Nigeria, Nigerian Stargirl Seyi Shey and Afrobeats rising sensation Teni. Under management of Bodega World Music he is a growing brand and will soon be releasing original music on his own right.
As for his history and education, Connell earned his degree in Music Performance from NYU, and has over 15 years experience performing a diverse range of musical styles. He was a member of Decade of Soul, house band at BB Kings NYC for 8 years, and has performed at many other notable venues including The Blue Note, Brooklyn Bowl, Otis Mountain Music Festival, and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
In addition to the saxophone, Connell is a professional clarinet player, with years studying and performing both jazz and ethnic music styles.