Jakob Heinemann has been studying music since the age of 7, beginning with piano and later switching to the upright and electric bass at age 11. Shortly afterwards he began playing professionally under the tutelage of local bass stalwart Nick Moran, and eventually was granted a performance scholarship to attend Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. He holds a degree in Double Bass Performance from Lawrence, where he studied with Mark Urness and renowned jazz pianist Bill Carrothers. He also pursued work as a composer during this time, working with Patty Darling and receiving the Phi Kappa Lambda Jazz Composition Award during his junior year.
After moving to Chicago in 2017, Jakob quickly become an in-demand player within the city’s jazz and improvised music community. He has enjoyed an active performing schedule and can regularly be heard around town at venues like the Hungry Brain, Elastic Arts, and Comfort Station. He frequently performs in the greater Midwest area as well, working at such renowned spaces as Arts + Literature Laboratory, the Jazz Estate, Icehouse, and the Fox Valley Performing Arts Center. Some local artists he has had the privilege of working with include Dave Rempis, Josh Berman, Jim Baker and Russ Johnson, as well as European musicians Sebastian Strinning, Jakob Warmenbol, and Simon Sieger. Jakob also can be found performing Klezmer and other Jewish folk music in the Evanston/North Shore area.
As a teacher, Jakob prizes creativity and discovery above all else, while still acknowledging the importance of a solid technical foundation. He has been teaching bass lessons since 2013, and has had the opportunity to work as a clinician at numerous camps including the New York Jazz Academy, Fred Sturm Jazz Weekend, and Richard Davis Bass Camp. He is a flexible educator who can adapt to the students individual needs and goals, and focuses on getting his students excited about music after each lesson. Ultimately, his goal is to spread the gift of playing music and allow each of his students to discover their own personal relationship to sound.