Happy to be on board for “Bird Amongst the Blossom” in Jaye Maynard’s West Coast Blossom Bank, Chris Conner is a bassist, composer and arranger who began playing professionally at the age of 15. He lived in Toronto for 12 years where he played with the likes of; Rick Wilkens, Moe Koffman, Ian Bargh, Pat LaBarabra, Jim Galloway, Brian Browne, Archie Alleyne, Eugene Amaro, Ed Bickert & Rob McConnell.
Currently making his home in Los Angeles, Chris is one of the most sought after musicians in the area. In addition to appearing at international jazz festivals as a member of Los Angeles’ Swing Savant as well as other national acts, he performs regularly at all of San Diego’s and Los Angeles’ top jazz listening rooms.
He is also a long standing member of the Hollis Gentry III Acoustic Quartet & Bruce Cameron’s Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Arranging and composition are two additional skills that Chris has mastered and he is involved in an assortment of writing projects with artists who represent a wide range of styles, including Bobby Caldwell & Gary Puckett.
Chris has toured and recorded with many jazz masters such as Johnny Hartman, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Sal Nistico, Bob Crosby, Buddy DeFranco, Phil Woods, Don Menza,the Bill Holman big band, Kate Reid and Oscar Peterson.