Connor Moe is a unique multi-reedist based in Toronto, Ontario. The piano started his never-ending musical journey in elementary school, but he quickly moved onto wind instruments throughout public school. Starting with the flute, he also played trumpet and trombone in high school in the jazz band and chamber ensembles before eventually choosing to focus on the saxophones and clarinet with his flute. 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 with a focus on jazz performance; and has studied with esteemed Toronto musicians such as Tara Davidson, Sundar Viswanathan, Frank Falco, Kelly Jefferson, Kevin Turcotte, and Roy Patterson. Connor has been influenced by flutists like Sam Most, Frank Wess, and Eric Dolphy, but he also has an enormous appreciation for classic jazz artists like Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, and Miles Davis. While jazz is the music he spends the most time consuming, he also wants to take inspiration compositionally and aesthetically from 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 has played in venues such as The Cavern Bar, Alchemy Food & Drink, and The Aga Khan Museum, as well as participated in the Jazzology program run by JAZZFM. This program allows jazz students from University of Toronto, Humber College, and York University to have a recorded, and broadcasted half-an-hour interview with Heather Bambrick with thirty minutes of their curated music. Connor currently plays with the Sam Ruttan Septet on tenor sax and flute, which plays compositions and arrangements by band members with influences like Brian Blade, Wayne Shorter and Bill Frisell, and the Connor Moe Trio that plays arrangements of standard repertoire in the flute, bass, and guitar format. He also plays with The York University Jazz Orchestra as the 1st tenor chair, as well as performing in his jazz workshop on flute. He is playing a few gigs around the city with his groups and performs with the York ensembles twice a year. He looks forward to continuing to grow musically, making connections in the Toronto jazz scene, and being able to spread his love for the entire breadth of jazz music up to this point and into the future.
Based in Toronto, Ontario, Sam Ruttan is a dynamic young jazz drummer currently studying music at York University. Having initially played piano, Sam switched to drums at age 9 and began taking lessons privately, learning the fundamentals of the instrument and developing a versatile set of skills in a range of styles. Sam was accepted into York University’s music program in 2015. Since then he has had the chance to learn from many of Canada’s top musicians. He has studied privately with drummer Barry Romberg, and played in performance ensembles led by Kelly Jefferson, Anthony Michelli, Lorne Lofsky, Frank Falco, and Roy Patterson. In addition, Sam has attended master classes and seminars led by Chris Potter, Dennis Mackrel, Mike LeDonne, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Horacio Hernandez. As a performer he has gained experience as a side man playing with other young Toronto musicians, and has been part of the York University Jazz Orchestra as a drummer/percussionist since 2017.
Robbie Bourrie has been playing guitar for more than a decade, with an interest in a wide range of genres as well as studying classical guitar. He picked up the upright bass in high school and went on to study jazz performance at York University with Jim Vivian. Robbie is also a sought after music instructor.