he Colin Heshmat quartet is a locally formed group that performs jazz standards and original composition. The group’s composition work strives to push the definition of jazz outward and provide relevancy to a new generation. Members include Scott Hensiak (Saxophone), Sam Olson (Bass), Colin Carey (Drums), and Colin Heshmat (Piano). Colin Heshmat is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied jazz piano under the guidance of Chip Stephens and received a degree in mechanical engineering. Heshmat has played at numerous jazz venues around the country, including the Velvet Note and Churchill Grounds in Atlanta, Georgia and the Green Mill and Andy’s Club in Chicago, Illinois. Heshmat is based in Eau Claire, WI where he continues to develop his composition and craft.