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 Quintet, Connor regularly performs and has recorded albums with groups such as Neil Carson's New Nostalgia, Sachmo, Zochen, 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.

Connor is an endorsing artist for Robinson's Remedies, more information can me found at https://www.robinsonsremedies.com/



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 Satchmo with Dana Thompson and Darin Nicholson as well as Zochen, a new "Zen-Hop" group that mixes intelligent MC work by Keith "The Maestro K" Harris with the extensive musical experiences of Hayden Ashley and Connor.


Connor Bernhard Quintet

"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 Connor Bernhard Quintet 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

Please see contact information below for booking!