New Orleans has been a jazz 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 the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Jazz Camp, Conun discovered jazz and auditioned for enrollment at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) where he was accepted. He studied and performed with New Orleans greats such as Donald Harrison and Alvin Batiste. His journey from the jazz program at NOCCA led to his graduation from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, which placed him in a markedly unique tradition. Conun currently performs in New York City with distinguished artists such as Brianna Thomas and Majid Khaliq. In 2014, he received a Piano Legacy Award from the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. In addition to performing, he is also an active educator; working with organizations such as Carnegie Hall, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He also serves as the musical director at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in the Bronx. As a composer, he was awarded a NPR Heavy Rotation Public Radio Song of 2013 with “125th and Broadway” along with placements on American Heroes Channel and Discovery Channel. His playing and compositions are firmly entrenched in the style and vocabulary of modern jazz, but his music and reach continues to expand categories.