If you've heard Connie, you won't need any more encouragement than her name, the date and time. If you've not heard her, your life is demonstrably incomplete. She's that good. And her cohort on the keys, Mary Louise Knutson, is that good too!
I love jazz because I am a singer and jazz inspires me.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was a baby. I grew up in a a musical family.
The best show I ever attended was Dianne Reeves with Romero Lubambo in Rio de janeiro, and Youn Sun Nah at the Vancouver
Jazz festival in 2010.
The first jazz record I bought was Sarah Vaughan.
My advice to new listeners is keep your ears and heart opened for good music.