Collin Shook, at 24, is a Tucson area jazz pianist, bassist, teacher and composer. Collin began playing the piano at the age of 3 1/2 and studied music throughout his life, dabbling in many different instruments along the way. Collin began performing professionally at the age of 16.
Following high school, he pursued music in Austin, TX where he was influenced by the vast music scene and quality of live music. Since moving to Arizona in 2008, Collin has performed with his trio, playing his original music while also staying true to the traditions of jazz. Collin works full time as a musician, splitting his time between performing and teaching.
Collin received the "Best Keyboardist" award from the Tucson TAMMIES (Local Music Awards) in 2012, and two of his bands (Collin Shook Trio and Black Jackalope Ensemble) placed in 2nd and 3rd place in the "Jazz Band" category.
Collin cites his influences to include Brad Mehldau, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Mccoy Tyner, Joshua Redman, Joe Henderson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Charlie Parker, the list goes on...
Collin started studying piano at the age of 3 1/2 with music teachers around the Dallas/Fort Worth area, first learning from his original piano teacher, his mother. While continuing with classical piano all his life, he also studied classical guitar, electric and upright bass, trombone, alto sax and drum set throughout his school years. It was in high school where he fell in love with jazz music.
At the age of 16, while studying drum set and jazz harmony/improvisation with John Mark Piper, Collin performed with the Conservatory Jazz Ensemble at the Music Conservatory Of Texas in Frisco (now the Frisco School of Music) in 2005-'06 on drum kit, guitar, and alto sax. With his drum kit teacher John Mark Piper, an accomplished jazz vibraphonist and drummer, he found his love for jazz music and improvisation. Collin studied piano further with Graham Richards and the Music Conservatory of Texas. Once he graduated high school, he moved to Austin, Texas in 2007 where he studied and played with some of the top players in Austin.
In 2008, Collin moved to Arizona. Since then, Collin has performed at the many venues in Southern Arizona, formed various trios and larger ensembles, freelanced with rock and dance bands, composed and performed his own music, and has appeared on television four times.
In 2012, Collin attended a 5 day workshop with legends Chick Corea, John Pattituci, and Antonio Sanchez in Massachusetts. In Tucson, Collin has studied with tenor saxophonist Brice Winston, frequent sideman to Terence Blanchard; Michael Kocour - pianist and head of the Jazz Program at Arizona State University.
As a sideman, Collin co-founded the Tucson band The Black Jackalope Ensemble, has played numerous shows with the Tryst, played with the late Grammy winning artist Carmine D'Amico, performed at the Tucson Convention Center with Kevin and Tanishia Hamilton with Southwest Soul Circuit, and has performend live and has had original recordings played on KXCI, Tucson's local radio station. Collin has also shared the stage with many of the amazing local musicians in Tucson, including Brice Winston, Matt Mitchell, Pete Swan, Michael Moynihan, Jason Carder, Shawn Kebler, Chris Pierce, Scott Black, Jeff Grubic, and many, many, others...
In June of 2012, Collin's Trio completed their Debut recording, "Derivatives". It features all original tunes, with 11 tracks spanning 53 minutes. It has had great reviews across the country