New Orleans has been a piano town since Jelly Roll Morton claimed he invented the jazz piano. Conun Pappas, Jr. is a native son of the Crescent City and a successor to a long line of great New Orleans piano players. Signs of his talent showed at the early age of six when he created a tune on a keyboard to accompany his sister while she was practicing a dance school routine. His parents enrolled him in classical piano lessons for formal training where his skill and talent blossomed. While attending a summer music camp Conun discovered jazz and auditioned for enrollment at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) where he was accepted. His journey from the jazz program at NOCCA to the Manhattan School of Music to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City has placed him in a markedly unique tradition. His playing and compositions are firmly entrenched in the style and vocabulary of modern jazz but his music transcends categories. In addition to the Bridge Trio, Donald Harrison, and Alvin Batiste, Conun has performed with the Brianna Thomas Quintet, Delfeayo Marsalis Uptown Orchestra, Danny Rivera Orchestra, the Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians Tour Band and the Victor Goines Quartet. He understands the musical language he's chosen as he continues to develop his distinct musical voice.