Formerly known as Jazz Connection of Elizabeth City, NC, Connected was founded by Wayne James, band director of Northeastern High School in 1996. Mr. James featured students from his high school band including Heston Morris, Kentric Morris, and Phillip Anderson. Mr. James plays trumpet for the group. Dennis Figgs was added later that year and played piano and keyboards.
Connected has been both blessed and fortunate to feature many great musicians of the Albemarle Area. Current members include: Dennis Figgs on piano and keyboards, Wayne James on trumpet, Steve Raisor on bass, Ellard Forrester on drums and percussion, Jackie Boyce on vocals, and Chris Bittner on tenor saxophone. Other musicians who have performed with Connected include: Cj Mercer, Joshua Swain, David Credle, Kentric Morris, Wellington Gordon, Michael Gregory, Douglas Jackson, JP Peele, Marlow Greene, and Wes Smith. John Brown was a featured guest artist for Connected for a Lyceum Series concert in 2007 at Elizabeth City State University.
Connected has performed at 3 Amigos Mexican restaurant in Elizabeth City. Other places include,The Table Restaurant in Edenton, NC, Coastal Cravings and Coastal Cantina in Duck, NC, and a few performances at the Duck Jazz Festival, held in October in Duck, NC and the annual Potato Festival here in Elizabeth City.