Music

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Bio:

        Colin Heshmat grew up in central Illinois where he first became curious with a keyboard when his father brought one home for him at the age of 5. His curiosity lead him into studying classical piano privately through childhood until he became a student of jazz by the age of 18. Between his mechanical engineering studies in school, Colin studied with jazz piano faculty member Chip Stephens at the University of Illinois where he also played in several jazz groups through the college of music. Colin has continued to develop himself by attending jam sessions across the United States, including sessions at Churchill grounds, The Velvet Note (Atlanta, GA), Andy’s Club, The Green Mill (Chicago, IL), Cleopatra’s Needle, Smalls, Fat Cat (New York, NY), and Jazz Central (Minneapolis, MN). Through these musical communities, Colin has met and played with many well-studied artists including Pharez Whitted, Dick Oatts, Bobby Broom, and Roy Hargrove amongst others. Currently, Colin Heshmat works as a freelance musician and engineer out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He studies with pianist Mary Louise Knutson in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Videos and tracks 1-4:

Piano - Colin Heshmat

Drums - Shane Leonard

Saxophone - Sue Orfield

Bass - Jeremy Boettcher

Track 5:

Piano - Colin Heshmat

Drums - Adam Harder Nussbaum

Saxophone - Scott Hensiak

Bass - Sam Olson

 

Past Performances

w/Cody Longreen -- Acoustic Cafe (Eau Claire, WI) -- 2.02.2018

Colin Heshmat Quartet -- Acoustic Cafe (Eau Claire, WI) -- 2.08.2018, 7 - 9pm

Colin Heshmat Trio -- The Lakely (Eau Claire, WI) -- 2.25.2018, 10 - 1pm

Colin Heshmat Quintet -- The Ivory Room (Eau Claire, WI) -- 3.23.2018, 7-10pm

Colin Heshmat Quintet -- The Plus (Eau Claire, WI) -- 4.20.2018, Midnight - 2am

w/Troppo Big Band -- Stout Swing Club (Menomonie, WI) -- 4.25.2018

Colin Heshmat Trio -- The Lakely (Eau Claire, WI) 8.04.2018, 8:30pm - Midnight

Colin Heshmat Trio -- The Ivory Room (Eau Claire, WI) 8.18.2018, 7-10pm

w/Dominic Domeyer Group -- Grand Avenue Bridge (Eau Claire, WI) 8.22.2018, 5-8pm

Colin Heshmat Trio -- Black Dog Cafe (St. Paul, MN) 8.30.2018, 7-9pm

w/Troppo Big Band -- Northern WI Fair Grounds (Chippewa Falls, WI) 9.15.2018, 3:15 - 6:15pm

Colin Heshmat Trio -- The Lakely (Eau Claire, WI) 9.28.2018, 8:30pm - midnight

Colin Heshmat Trio -- Icehouse (Minneapolis, MN) 10.6.2018, 11am - 2pm

w/Jan Hora Group -- The Ivory Room (Eau Claire, WI) 10.6.2018, 8 - 11pm

Colin Heshmat and Jeremy Boettcher -- Infinity Wine & Beverage (Eau Claire, WI) 10.19.2018, 7 - 10pm

Colin Heshmat Trio -- Acoustic Cafe (Eau Claire, WI) 11.15.2018, 7 - 9pm

01.10.2019 — Colin Heshmat Group — Acoustic Cafe (Eau Claire, WI), 7-9pm

 

Upcoming Performances

02.08.2019 — Colin Heshmat and Jeremy Boettcher — Infinity Wine and Beverage (Eau Claire, WI), 7-10pm

02.09.2019 — Colin Heshmat and Josh Johnson — Ice House (Minneapolis, MN), 11am-2pm

02.15.2019 — Colin Heshmat, Solo Piano Series —The Ivory Room (Eau Claire, WI), 7-9pm

03.15.2019 — Colin Heshmat, Solo Piano Series — The Ivory Room (Eau Claire, WI), 7-9pm

04.19.2019 — Colin Heshmat, Solo Piano Series — The Ivory Room (Eau Claire, WI), 7-9pm