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George Colligan


George Colligan is a New York based 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, RACC Grant Winner) and player (winner, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition, DownBeat Critics Poll Winner), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Cassandra Wilson, Ravi Coltrane, and many others, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 150 CDs). He has released 31 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Ubuntu Label is called”Live in Arklow” and features Darren Beckett and Dave Redmond. Colligan’s musical style incorporates everything from showtunes to funk, from free improvisation to 20th century classical music. His performances include dazzling technique as well as mature restraint. Colligan was on the faculty of the Juilliard School for two years and is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He is currently a member of Jack DeJohnette’s New Quintet.Recently, Colligan started playing the Hammond 44 Melodion(melodica). He also started a popular blog called jazztruth(jazztruth.blogspot.com).



Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Stairways; Estate; Tayamisha; In the Middle of a Rainbow; The Wisdom of Silence; 42nd Street; I've Got the World o a String; Here's to Life.


Article: Album Review

Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott East West Trumpet Summit: Coast to Coast

Read "Coast to Coast" reviewed by Paul Rauch

For some people, the whole notion of an east-west summit of anything in jazz brings up the perceived differences over time between American west coast jazz and its east coast counterpart. The basic premise is that jazz on the American west coast is a cousin to the cool jazz movement, a calmer, less soulful part of ...


Article: Profile

Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by AAJ Staff

All About Jazz is honoring The Fab Four in the year of the 60th anniversary of the release of their first album (Please Please Me). This collective tribute was originally published in September 2009--as a living document, we'll add more quotes & stories over time (see how-to in comments section). We also compiled a companion playlist ...


Article: Play This!

Don Byron: Cleo's Mood

Read "Don Byron: Cleo's Mood" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In addition to being one of its most-forward looking voices, Don Byron has covered the whole gamut of American music--from Mickey Katz to Raymond Scott, from Duke Ellington to Lester Young and Stevie Wonder--and beyond, from Robert Schumann to Giacomo Puccini. He has done so with his signature sound, a deep understanding of those composers' traditions ...


Song of the Day


Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 05:48


Article: Liner Notes

George Colligan: Ultimatum

Read "George Colligan: Ultimatum" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Unlike classical music, where so much of the performance is based on an authentic interpretation of the material, jazz has always been more about inventiveness and the musician's quest to find an original voice. Additionally, some of the most innovative artists in the genre have been known not only for their instrumental prowess, but also for ...


In a Heartbeat

Label: PJCE Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Bad News; Shaky Ground; Spring Day; Cycle; In a Heartbeat; Lullaby for Messiaen; 3 A.M.; Marble Maze; Umbrella Statement; Goodbye.


King's Dream

Label: PJCE Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Clearing the Mind; Change; Daddy Go Bye Bye; Doom Sandwich; Golden Years; Blues for Dwayne Burno; King's Dream; Weightless, Rising Towards the Sun; Liam's Lament; Wishing for Good Things to Happen; Finally, a Rainbow



Label: Self-Released
Released: 2022
Track listing: 21cc; Sepia; Rev; Gradient; Legacy; Sarcophagus; Solace; Adversary; Rembrandt; Back Home; Archipelago.


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