Charlie grew up on the 5 “B”s: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok, and the Beatles. After consuming all that, Charlie found Jazz. He played his electric bass, upside down and backwards, through Big Bands and Be-Bop, Europe and California. Then he did it again on the piano. After studying composition and piano at Mills College and receiving his DMA from the University of Washington in composition, Charlie has produced several recordings, worked in musical theater, directed choirs and taught piano.
Charlie's varied expertise as a teacher and professor can be found on the teaching page of this website.
Short Press Bio:
HOPSCOTCH is the brainchild of pianist/composer Charlie Hiestand and singer/songwriter Jeanie Mishler. They've teamed up with a great collection of Seattle sidemen to bring to life songs they've co-written and arranged in the jazz genre. Influenced by bands like Pink Martini and traditional big bands, this smaller jazz band serves up both standards and original swing, latin, and blues tunes with a touch of quirky comedy and tap dancing thrown in.
Shorter BIO for Press:
HOPSCOTCH is the songwriting duo of pianist/composer Charlie Hiestand and singer/songwriter Jeanie Mishler. Comprised of top notch Seattle players, their band serves up both standards and original swing, latin, and blues tunes with a little quirky comedy and tap dancing thrown in.
Jeanie Mishler knew she wanted to be a singer since the age of 5. While roller skating in plastic skates latched on over her Mary Jane's, she belted out songs day after day. Classical voice training (Seattle University and University of Washington) gave her a broad exposure to so much music, but her passion for jazz and musical theater soon dominated and guided her adult career. Her many Euro influences from several trips abroad and a love of world music, merge into Hopscotch's current sound.
Writing songs in the jazz tradition, she partnered up with composer and pianist, Charlie Hiestand. They began a formal alliance with their first band, Identity Crisis. After some experimentation with their first album, Mosaic, they reevaluated their direction and started Hopscotch in 2012.
Jeanie's extensive teaching experience with both children and adults can be found on the teaching page of this website.