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Jazz performer, composer and PSU instructor George Colligan in concert Dec. 13
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 8:00pm to Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 10:00pm

George Colligan, a New York-based jazz pianist, organist, trumpeter, drummer, composer, bandleader – and most recently, a member of the Portland State University music faculty – will make his Portland debut on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Portland’s Mission Theater.

The concert will begin at 8 a.m.  Doors will open at 7 p.m.  The Mission Theater is located at 1624 N.W. Glisan St.

Colligan earned a reputation as an elite session performer and sideman in the New York area during the late 1990s, appearing on nearly 100 CDs.  He recently toured with artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Miguel Zenón, Don Byron, Gary Bartz, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, and Ravi Coltrane. He is a recipient of the Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant, and is a former faculty member of the Julliard School and University of Manitoba.

Colligan will be performing with guitarist Dan Balmer, bassist Eric Gruber, drummer Todd Strait, and special guest pianist Kerry Politzer.  For this performance, Colligan will play trumpet and melodica. He will play some of his own compositions as well as pieces by the late pianist and former PSU professor Andrew Hill.

Tickets are $15 in advance and on the day of the show.  They are available at the door and at certain McMenamins outlets: The Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, Portland; Bagdad Theater & Pub, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne St., Portland; Edgefield Power Station, 2126 Halsey St., Troutdale; and East 19th Street Café, 1485 E. 19th Ave., Eugene.  Tickets are also available by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX, or online at