News and Updates

Hi Everyone, I am doing a little tour in September- the trio with BUSTER WILLIAMS AND LENNY WHITE. Here’s some dates and info

September 5th  South in Philadelphia


September 6th SCULLER’s in Boston

8pm one show


September 7th and 8th The Kitano in NYC

September 9th


I have a new CD coming out on Whirlwind Recordings. It’s called ” Nation Divided.” Here’s a few links:

George Colligan to release solo piano album ‘Nation Divided’ July 27th – pre-order now and receive instant gratification track ‘Streetfight’ + tour dates

March 7th Jo Bar Michael Raynor and Tim Gilson
March 9th Fillmore with Joe Manis
March 10th Living Room Theater Jon Lakey and Andres Moreno
March 11th Bar Mingo
March 15th VIDEO AT PSU with Chris Higgins Chris Brown Noah Simpson
March 16th WILFS Domo Branch Jon Lakey Becky Kilgore
March 17th 1905 Chris Higgins Chris Brown
March 23rd Southfork GC Trio with Michael Raynor and Perry Thoorsell
March 24th Jazz Station Bossa PDX
March 26 Ron Steen 1905
March 29th Smoke with Buster Williams and Lenny White
March 31st Side Door with Buster Williams and Lenny White

April 2-16 UK Tour Andrew Bain Michael Janisch Jon Irabagon

4/5 – The Jazz Bar – Edinburgh, Scotland
9 – East Side Jazz Club – Birmingham, England
11 – Clasijazz – Almeria, Spain
12 – Jimmy Glass – Valencia, Spain
13 – Sheffield Jazz Club @ Crooke’s – Sheffield, England
14 – Vortex Jazz Club, London, England
15 – Herts Jazz Club – Welywin Garden City, England tbc

April 18th Teutonic Wines George Colligan Trio with Jon Lakey and Domo Branch
April 21st Loose Wig House Concert with Chris Higgins Michael Raynor and Sherry Alves
April 27th Living Room Theater
April 28 Florence Fest George Colligan Quartet With Micah Hummel Jon Lakey Tim Wilcox
April 29th Newport with George Colligan Trio Chris Brown Chris Higgins


May 3 Teaching and Lisbon hot Club
May 4 Lisbon Hot Club
May 5 Teaching And Hot Club Lisbon
May 7 Prague teaching
MAy 9 Graz Masterclass
May 11 Berlin Zig Zag
May 12 Hamburg Birdland
May 13 A Trane Berlin
May 15 Klagenfurt Club and Teaching
May 18th Kitano NYC with Ed Howard, Adam Hutcheson and Victor Lewis
May 25th 1905
May 26th Jack London Bossa PDX
May 30 Teutonic Wines with Joe Manis

June 1st TVCTV
June 1st Broadway House Concert in Eugene Sherry Alves
June 6 Jo Bar
June 8 Smoke With Buster Williams Lenny White
June 9 Smoke With Buster Williams Lenny White
June 10 Smoke With Buster Williams Lenny White
June 23 Winniepg Festival with Karl Kohut and Kevin Waters


July 1-14 WDR BAND in KOLN
July 17th Lan Su with Bossa PDX
July 19th Christo’s Double Bill Other Barry And Bossa PDX
July 28 Ellensburg festival With Matt Jorgensen and Jon Lakey
July 31st 1905 Gig with Holly Pyle

August 1 Teutonic Wines with Holly Pyle
August 3rd Jazz Station with Holly Pyle
August 7 house concert Seattle with Holly Pyle
August 12 Solo Concert Classic Pianos 3PM
August 14 Roaoring Rapids Joe
August 15 w Bossa PDX Roaring Rapids
August 18 Montavilla Jazz festival with Micah Hummel and Enzo Irace
With Chris Brown
with Nicole Glover
August 30th Bossa PDX Lincoln City

September 1st janis Mann at Loose Wig

My 28th CD ” More Powerful” will officially be available on June 30th BUT you can pre-order and get two tracks in advance.

I am very pleased to announce my 28th CD as a leader is coming out on Whirlwind Recordings on June 30th. This album features the great Linda Oh on Bass, Rudy Royston on drums, and Nicole Glover on tenor saxophone. and soprano saxophone.


Whirlwind is pleased to announce the signing of  world-renowned pianist and composer George Colligan, not only one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, but an artist who has earned an international reputation as a multi-instrumentalist (drums, trumpet, organ, keyboards), composer, accompanist, teacher, and bandleader.

The winner of the 2015 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll (Keyboard), he has had a long association as a member of the legendary Jack DeJohnette’s ensemble. With over 130 albums to date as an accompanist, Colligan has worked with a long list of luminaries, including Buster Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, and many others.

His forthcoming album for Whirlwind More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine is his 28th album as a leader.  The album features some of New York’s finest talents in Linda Oh – double bass; Rudy Royston – drums; and Nicole Glover on saxophones.

“Risky Notion,” my latest CD on the Origin Label, has been getting some great reviews, including a 4 star review in Downbeat magazine.

Here’s links to some others

Risky-NotionI’m really excited about my first CD as a drumming bandleader.

My new group, Theoretical Planets, has been a real source of musical satisfaction for me. Two tenors- Joe Manis and Nicole Glover, and bassist Jon Lakey, not to mention special guest trumpeter Tony Glausi, really made my music come alive. It’s coming out in late January- look out for it!

Click here to view the CD at Origin Records

Hey Everybody! Shout out to Matt Jorgensen for building me a new website. Looks much better, don’t you think? I will be updating the calendar as well as letting you know about upcoming recording and tours. Thanks, Matt!

There will be a 4 page article about your truly in Downbeat Magazine in March. Props to Michael J West for doing his research. It’s nice to be acknowledged, even at age 44!

“The Endless Mysteries”

One of the finer piano trio albums of 2013 — released too late in the year, or on too small a label, to make a dent in the critics’ polls — is George Colligan’s “The Endless Mysteries.” It’s a program of original compositions, most of them sensible and sturdy. And because it was recorded in a few hours with no rehearsal, it’s the product of rough-and-ready postbop expertise, rather than the lived experience of a steady band.

At least, not any band led by Mr. Colligan. A pianist of deep harmonic and rhythmic assurance, and sideman credits all over the map, he works here with the bassist Larry Grenadier and the drummer Jack DeJohnette. Each is a long-running member of another piano trio: Mr. Grenadier has been in both editions of the Brad Mehldau Trio, going back nearly 20 years; Mr. DeJohnette has spent the last 30 with Keith Jarrett.

Whatever the sum of all that experience is, Mr. Colligan made it work for him. Some of his pieces on “The Endless Mysteries” seem designed for these specific partners, especially Mr. DeJohnette, in whose band he has played. “Song for the Tarahumera,” a scrappy modal tune, becomes a roiling drum incantation. “Liam’s Lament,” a beautifully restrained ballad, features empathic rubato work by Mr. Grenadier. (It also features a theme played on melodica, an instrument that Mr. DeJohnette has favored on his own albums; I had to check to be sure that it was Mr. Colligan doing the playing.)

Mr. Colligan, who turns 44 next week, favors an earthy, assertive style, putting him in a lineage that includes McCoy Tyner, John Hicks and Mulgrew Miller. But he has other affinities, as he shows in a pair of spontaneous inventions provoked by the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., which claimed the daughter of a friend and sometime band mate. “Thoughts of Ana” is a softly chiming solo reflection, with a touch that brings Mr. Jarrett to mind; it leads into “Outrage,” which borrows a page from the Cecil Taylor playbook.

None of these moves feel calculated or rigid, because Mr. Colligan and his partners work so fluently. And while some titles sound like the sort of exhortations that Mr. Colligan might use with his students at Portland State University in Oregan — see “It’s Hard Work!” and “If the Mountain Was Smooth, You Couldn’t Climb It” — he doesn’t seem to be straining in the slightest. He’s past that point by now. NATE CHINEN

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