Conner Derraugh

Connor Derraugh

Connor is currently completing a Jazz Performance Degree at the University of Manitoba with a double major in piano and saxophone.

Although his roots are grounded in jazz, Connor embraces many musical styles and is passionate about infusing rock, pop, blues, funk and R&B songs with creative arrangements and melodic improvisations. Connor has studied with such amazing mentors as Janice Finlay, Walle Larsson, Craig Bailey (Ray Charles Band) and Jon Gordon on saxophone – as well as Glory St. Germain, Nancy Nowosad, Dave Restivo and Will Bonness on piano.

Connor has performed at numerous local events including the Downtown Concert Series, the Rady JCC Sports Dinner and the Asper Jazz Series. Connor and his band headlined the Assiniboine Park’s Jazz in the Garden Series in 2015 and 2016, the Summer Concert Series at the Lyric Theatre in 2017 and the Winnipeg Jazz Festival in 2018. In 2017, Connor traveled to New York City to record sax and piano parts for the soundtrack to the upcoming movie, ‘The Homecoming’ – a film that features actors with diverse abilities.

In demand as an accompanist, Connor has also lent his keyboard skills to the 2018 theatrical productions of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and ‘In The Heights.’ A writer and arranger as well as a performer, Connor looks forward to recording his first solo project in the near future.