Connor's first instrument, the guitar has captivated him since the age of 7 when his father tried to teach him piano and Connor flat out refused for two weeks and demanded a guitar. He began studying with the great Chicago guitarist/pedagogue, Dan MacIntyre during his younger years and moving on to study with Fareed Haque at Northern Illinois University.
Currently Connor plays guitar in the neo-bluegrass (genre-less) ensemble "Android Mandela" as well as the band "Satchmo" with Dana Thompson and Darin Nicholson besides his own frequent recording sessions for hire
Connor Bernhard is an in demand trumpeter in Chicago, Illinois where he plays every genre, from esoteric creative music, to simple and tight groove-based hits.
He started playing at the age of 10 and was mainly self-taught until college when he studied trumpet with Art Davis and learned the roots and rhythm of blues and swing music from reknown jazz educator, Ronald Carter at Northern Illinois University where he was afforded the experience of touring with reknown jazz musicians such as Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Victor Lewis, Terell Stafford, Steve Davis. Later, he would study with Victor Garcia at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts where he received his Bachelor's in Music Performance in 2017.
While finishing his degree, Connor auditioned numerous times to be selected as one of the 5 recipients of 2017 Luminarts Jazz Fellowship.
In addition to his Chicago Sound Quintet, Connor regularly performs and has recorded albums with groups such as Neil Carson's New Nostalgia, Sachmo, and Zoofunkyou.
He performs large events all over the country with The Evolution Orchestra many weekends of the year.
He is also a member of Kenthany Redmond's Infrared Quintet and has performed with The New Lionel Hampton Band Feat. Jason Marsalis, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Eryn Allen Kane, Chris Madsen's Kings of the Lobby, The Right Now, and countless others
"My creative mission is to combine the beautiful and complicated harmonies of learned music with the more accessible sounds and feel of vernacular dance music."
The Chicago Sound is:
Connor Bernhard on Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Compositions, and Arrangements
Julius Tucker on Keyboards
Jeff Swanson on Guitar and Pedals
Andrew Vogt on Basses
Clif Wallace on Drums and Cymbals
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