Baltimore-based musician Erin Connelly began playing trumpet at the age of 10, and began her jazz studies at Litchfield Jazz Camp at the age of 16 - where she studied with acclaimed trumpeters Russ Johnson, and Claudio Roditi.  Erin was inspired to begin the study of jazz in high school, after she unwittingly purchased “Chet Baker Sings” from the dollar bin in her local record shop - the beauty, vulnerability and romance of the music immediately compelled her to pursue trumpet as a vehicle for her own self-expression. This led to the decision to pursue a degree in Jazz trumpet performance from Towson University in 2012.

While attending Towson University, Erin studied under esteemed trumpeter, Dave Ballou, with further studies in improvisation, jazz repertoire and arranging with Jim McFalls, Tim Murphy, and Jeff Reed. As part of the Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency program, Erin was privileged to partake in private lessons and clinics with Ellery Eskelin, Drew Gress, Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer, Ralph Alessi, Tony Malaby, Ingrid Laubrock, Kris Davis, Mary Halverson, and David Liebman. The creative wisdom and coaching of these venerable contemporary jazz masters primed Connelly to push her own personal and musical boundaries, helping to solidify a work ethic that embraces limitations as the starting point for growth.

Recent performances include: Out of Your Head Collective, Creative Music Consortium, Towson University ensembles including: Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Combos, Latin Ensemble, Improvisation Ensemble, Interstella LIVE LIVE LIVE – a 14-piece daft punk cover band, Brad Linde ensembles, and a new Quartet with local saxophonist Derrick Michaels- this ensemble is dedicated to preserving and advancing the expressive and melodic potential of the great American songbook and beyond.

Erin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz/Commercial Trumpet Performance from Towson University in 2016.


Chet Baker - Chet Baker & Lee Konitz in Concert
Don Cherry - Art Deco
Paul Motian - The Windmills of Your Mind