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.