COLLIGAN, George

Jazz Area Coordinator

Jazz Area Coordinator

George Colligan is a jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation.  An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Ravi Coltrane, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs).  Colligan is currently a member of Jack DeJohnette's new Quintet, which has toured Europe and North America extensively.  His 23rd and latest CD on the Steeplechase label is "The Facts."  Colligan has toured, recorded, and/or performed as a sideman with Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Gary Thomas, Dave Weckl, Steve Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Ralph Peterson, Vanessa Rubin, Steve Wilson, Richard Bona, Jane Monheit, Ravi Coltrane, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Miguel Zenon, Janis Siegel, Christian McBride, Billy Hart, Charles Fambrough, Mingus Big Band, Al Foster, Gunther Schuller, Mark Turner,  Lee Konitz, Jamie Baum, Carl Allen, Michal Urbaniak, DJ Logic and Stefon Harris, among others. Colligan has been a faculty member of the Juilliard Jazz Program and is now the Jazz Area Coordinator at Portland State University.

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COLLIGAN, George's portfolio

 

Portland State Jazz Park Avenue Group Noon Concert

 
Jimmie Herrod vocals
Noah Simpson trumpet
Micah Hummel drums
Cary Miga bass
performing in Lincoln Hall 75

 
"I Fall in Love Too Easily"
arr George Colligan

 


November 17, 2014

 

Persian Jazz Collective performing the Persian Jazz Suite at PSU


George Colligan trumpet, piano, composer
Monica Rabii santour, violin
Nicole Glover tenor saxophone
Jon Lakey bass
Trina Shagafi percussion
Mario Sandoval percussion

November 17, 2014

 

Geoffrey Keezer piano
Nicole Glover tenor sax
Jon Lakey bass
George Colligan drums


June 17, 2014

 

Portland State's Park Avenue Group performs at the PDX Jazz Festival, February 2013, as a part of the PSU Student Stage.

Nicole Glover - Tenor Sax
George Colligan - Piano
Jon Huteson - Drums
Jon Lakey - Bass


June 17, 2014

 

Portland State University presents The Colligan Men at the PDX Jazz Festival, February 2013, as a part of the PSU Student Stage.

 


June 17, 2014

 

Legendary drummer Mike Clark performs at PSU with faculty and students. 
"It Could Happen To You"


Mike Clark drums
Nicole Glover saxophone
Jon Lakey bass
George Colligan piano

June 17, 2014

 

Hailey Niswanger alto saxophone

with
The Park Avenue Group:

George Colligan piano, instructor
Nicole Glover tenor saxophone
Jon Lakey bass
Brandon Braun drums, deadlifts

performing "The Confident One" by George Colligan

June 17, 2014

 

Grant Sayler, George Colligan, and Noah Simpson experiment with "Solar" by Miles Davis

June 17, 2014

 

PSU Jazz: Park Avenue Group plays "Cyclic Episode" October 2014


Jimmie Herrod vocal
Noah Simpson trumpet
Colby Hansen bass
Dan Gaynor piano
Micah Hummel Drums

June 17, 2014

 

George Colligan "Life Passing You By" with Nicole Glover


George Colligan piano
Nicole Glover tenor sax
Jon Lakey bass
Jon Huteson drums


Recorded at Camellia Lounge, which used to have great jazz in Portland, Or.

June 17, 2014

 

PSU Jazz Summer Intensive: The Shed - George Colligan, Darrell Grant, Dan Balmer, Cary Miga Swingin!

June 17, 2014