Who We Are
Cold City Heat is an acoustic band that specializes in Jazz Manouche (aka Gypsy Jazz) as well as blues, Bossa Nova’s and modern music with a swinging vintage feel for wedding ceremonies, cocktail parties and events. We infuse every event with energy and fun and pride ourselves on entertaining guests.
Esteban Cuadros - Guitar
As an event manager at ARIA in Minneapolis, Esteban is no stranger to the event world. He’s been playing guitar for over 15 years and performed in several local rock bands in past years and was introduced into playing gypsy jazz after he broke his fretting hand at work. Esteban graduated from McNally Smith College of Music in 2011 with a degree in guitar performance. Since college he’s become more focused on recording, producing and writing.
Patrick Sullivan - Guitar & Vocals
Patrick has a background working in events as a DJ and as a performer. Not only is he a skilled guitarist but he compliments his jazzy guitar playing with great vocals. Pat carries a degree in Music from the University of St. Thomas and teaches band and orchestra lessons to 5th graders in the St. Paul public school system.
Tessa Meade - Violin & Vocals
Tessa grew up in the classical world but always wanted to do more and have more freedom musically which is how she got into Gypsy Jazz and improvisation. She also has a background in choir and orchestra where she played in the Minnesota Youth Symphonies grades 5-11. She can read pretty much any chart you put in front of her and is great at improvising solos and filling out the rhythm section. She’s played in orchestras, chamber groups, rock bands and jazz ensembles and has been singing since she can remember.
Morgan Philbrook - Upright Bass
Morgan has been playing Bass for 25 years - since he was 13 years old. Morgan splits his time between electric and upright bass and always brings the energy in every performance he is a part of. He also has a degree in music theory and vocal performance.
Mat Johnson - Percussion and Vocals
Mat is a multi-instrumentalist to say the least. He teaches guitar, piano and drums and sings in most every group he plays in. His playing styles are broad as he doesn’t shy away from any genre. Mat graduated Cum Laude at Loyola University in Chicago with a double major in Music and Psychology. He’s been a teacher since graduating college and plays in the Minneapolis local band, CABS.
"A performance that was both lively and personal. Simply amazing band, highly talented and talked about by every guest at our wedding!”
– Ashley M. 2018
“They were great! Everyone had a fantastic time and really enjoyed their music! The band was very friendly and professional! We will definitely book Cold City Heat for our next party!”
– Mark H. 2019
“Everyone at our wedding loved the band. Great to dance to and fun to watch. They made our cocktail hour so much fun. They had everyone in an upbeat mood because their music was so lively.”
– Sarah G. 2018
“We had Cold City Heat for our holiday party and they played a great mix of christmas songs and sentimental music that got everyone having a great time.
– Tammy F. 2017