Colin Hogan was born in San Francisco to a very musical family. He began studying drums in the 1st grade, started experimenting with the guitar in middle school, and finally discovered his true passion for piano in high school. Colin was a member of the world renowned Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble alongside “young lions” Ambrose Akinmusire, Justin Brown, and Thomas Pridgen while also studying with the Jazzschool’s founder, Susan Muscarella. He then attended Cal State East Bay (Hayward) where he earned a BA in piano performance.
Colin has performed on five continents playing everything from jazz, funk, salsa, and hip-hop to tango and Balinese gamelan. He has performed with many legendary jazz musicians including James Moody, Peter Erskine, Bob Brookmeyer, Roy Ayers, and Maria Schneider. In 2004 he performed with electric bass revolutionary Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone at the California Music Awards which was nationally televised.
Colin is currently involved in many projects including Hip-Hop/R&B group Dynamic, local jazz/groove/experimental collective the Jazz Mafia, inter-
national cafe music group Trio Zincalo and jazz/funk/fusion band The Hogan
Bros. with brothers Steve and Julian. He currently lives in Oakland, CA.
Photo by John Tinger