“Five Minutes With” Calgary based musician Esteban Herrera

Esteban Herrera is a pianist, composer, arranger, producer and music director originally from Mexico, living in Canada. He was born in Mexico City in 1979 and began his musical formation very young. He studied a Bachelor’s degree in jazz music performance and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences. He has 26 years of professional experience as a full-time musician. He has performed, recorded and toured with several artists in many important venues all around Mexico, USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Latin America.

His music is an original approach to contemporary world jazz with Latin heritage, exploring odd meters and complex rhythms, letting the improvisation to lead each live session and recording. He writes the music and lyrics, arranges, plays the piano, produces, directs and designs the covers of his albums. He has released 7 albums as a leader so far, all available in the main internet networks of music streaming and purchasing sites. He got a grant from Calgary Arts Development to produce his 8th album, which will be released in August 2021.

Esteban Herrera

Name: Esteban Herrera

Genre: Contemporary Jazz

Founded: I was born in 1979 and began my professional musician life in 1995

# of Albums: 7 albums

Latest Release: “MIL VECES MAS” album released on September 2019

Latest Single: “EN LA OSCURIDAD” (Mil veces mas 2019)

Latest Video:

Favourite Local Restaurant:

The Captain’s Boil

Favourite band as a teenager:

Keith Jarrett Trio

Favourite band now:

The Bad Plus

Guilty Pleasure Song:

Strasbourg St Denis (Roy Hargrove)

Live Show Ritual:

I try to be alone for some minutes right before the performance just to empty my mind, breath deeply and warm up my hands.

Favourite local artist:

I have 3: Gisela Romero, Luis Tovar and Daniel Nava

Nose Hill or Fish Creek?

Nose Hill

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Super early bird

Road or studio?

Love both the same

Where can we follow you?


Any shows or albums coming up?

I’ll release my next album “THE PROPHET” in August 2021, with my jazz quintet.

I’m producing the next album of my quartet “COLIBRI DE PAPEL”, to be released at the end of the year.