Chris Conner

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.

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. The Chris Conner Sextet, a group whose repertoire features all original compositions and arrangements, was formed in early 1994. The sextet has been very well received by San Diego area audiences at the KSDS/JAZZ 88 live broadcast, the Jazz Artist Guild (JAG) concerts and their regular appearances at the Horton Grand, Bristol Court and Elario’s.

Chris’s selected discography includes: Chet Baker – Live at Buffalo, CCB/CD 1223 Johnny Hartman – This One’s For Tedi, Audiophile ACD-181 Bobby Caldwell – Blue Condition, Sin-Drome SD 8925 (Big Band Arrangement: The Girl I Dream About) Chris Conner – The Journey, Webster’s Last Word WLW-6112 Chris has toured and recorded with many jazz masters such as Johnny Hartman, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Sal Nistico, Bob Crosby and Buddy DeFranco. He has also performed with these artists: Joe Pass

Clifford Jordon

Tommy Flanagan Herb Ellis

Jimmy Heath

John Hicks Phil Upchurch

Jack Sheldon

Jay McShann Kenny Burrell

Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison

Mose Allison Mundell Lowe

Freddie Hubbard

Jackie Paris Ed Bickert

Bud Shank

Chris Connor

Gene Bertoncini

Chuck Mangione

Ann Marie Moss

Tal Farlow

Joe Newman

Bobby Caldwell Henry Butler

Richie Cole

Bob Crosby Barney Kessell

James Moody

Joe Willams Mike Wofford

Bud Shank

Tootie Heath Peter Leitch

Tom Kubis

John Guerin Lorne Lofsky

Yank Lawson

Terry Clarke Ruby Braff

Charlie Rouse

Marty Morell Marc Copland

Rob McConnell

Chet Baker Buddy DeFranco

Don Thompson

Joe LaBarbera Pat LaBarbera

Maxine Sullivan

Ron Stout Blue Mitchell

Bobby Shew

Sal Nistico Ralph Pendland

Abe Most