Connor Moe is a unique multi-reedist based in Toronto, Ontario. The piano started his musical journey in elementary school, but he quickly moved onto wind instruments throughout public school; eventually choosing to focus on the flute, saxophones and clarinet. While primarily a flute player, he has been working on saxophone and clarinet doubles while in school.
He is currently in his fourth year studying at York University; and has studied with esteemed Toronto musicians such as Tara Davidson, Sundar Viswanathan, Frank Falco, Kelly Jefferson, Kevin Turcotte, and Roy Patterson.
Connor’s influences range from classic jazz musicians like Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, and Miles Davis to artists like Pixies, Feist, and Nick Drake. He has a strong, hard bop and straight-ahead jazz influence, but is also interested in incorporating elements of rock, folk and punk into his music.
Connor currently plays with the Sam Ruttan Septet on tenor sax and flute; playing compositions and arrangements by band members with influences like Brian Blade, Wayne Shorter and Bill Frisell. He also plays with The York University Jazz Orchestra as the 1st tenor chair. He looks forward to continuing to grow musically and making connections in the Toronto jazz scene.
Connor’s Jazzology playlist
- “The Very Thought of You” – Billie Holiday
- “Spring Is Here” – The Latin Jazz Quintet & Eric Dolphy
- “Cheryl” – George Shearing with Niels-Henning Orsted (Music by Charlie Parker)
- “Valerie” – Joe Newman Septet
- “Cutie” – Sonny Rollins
- “Too Young To Go Steady” – John Coltrane
- “Birdland, Live at Birdland” – Freddie Hubbard
Connor Moe’s episode of Jazzology airs October 11 2018.
Jazzology with Heather Bambrick airs every Thursday at 9PM.