PSU School of Music & Theater
George Colligan is not only one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, but he has earned an international reputation as a multi-instrumentalist (drums, trumpet, organ, keyboards), composer, accompanist, teacher, and bandleader, as well as popular blogger (jazztruth.blogspot.com).
Winner of the 2015 DownBeat magazine Critics Poll (Keyboard), he has had a long association with living jazz legend Jack DeJohnette; recent touring took Colligan around the U.S. with “An Evening with Jack DeJohnette and Savion Glover.” He has also recently toured the U.S. and Canada as a leader with his trio featuring legends Buster Williams and Lenny White.
With over 130 albums to date as an accompanist, Colligan has worked with a long list of jazz greats, including John Scofield, Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, and many others. His latest album, Theoretical Planets: Long Term Goals (PJCE Records, 2021) is his 34rd as a bandleader, and features PSU faculty and alumni.
Colligan, a New York resident for 15 years, now resides in Portland, Oregon where he is an Associate Professor at Portland State University. He recently won a RACC Grant as well as the PSU College of The Arts Dean’s Council Award for Research, Scholarship and Creativity(2020).