Connor holds a Jazz Performance degree from the University of Manitoba with a double major in sax and piano. Although his roots are grounded in jazz, Connor embraces many musical styles and is passionate about infusing rock, pop, blues, funk, soul and R&B songs with creative arrangements and melodic improvisations.
Connor has been blessed to study saxophone with such amazing mentors as Janice Finlay, Walle Larsson, Craig Bailey (Ray Charles Band) and the '96 winner of the pretigious Thelonius Monk Competition, Jon Gordon - as well as study piano with Glory St. Germain, Nancy Nowosad, Dave Restivo and 2022 Jazz Album of the Year Juno winner, Will Bonness.
Connor has performed at various events including the 2018, 2019, 2022 and 2023 Winnipeg Jazz Festivals, the Asper Jazz Series, Jazz in the Garden at Leo Mol, the Summer Music Series at the Lyric and the Downtown Concert Series.
During the pandemic Connor shared his music in a number of livestream shows including concerts for the Music and Mavens series and CCFM Mardi Jazz series. Connor also performs regularly with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.
Back in 2017, Connor recorded sax and piano in New York City for the soundtrack to, 'Best Summer Ever' - a film that features actors and crew with diverse abilities. In 2022 Connor composed and performed the original score for the short documentary, 'I Would Like To Thank My Body.'
Connor's debut CD - recorded with vocalist Cordelia Donovan and producer Larry Roy - Connor & Cordelia 'Acceptance' is available now on all streaming platforms and to purchase and download on iTunes!
- Connor Derraugh
- Winnipeg MB Canada
- 1 204 250 6149