News and Updates

Feb 1 Goodfoot with Brian Charrette
Feb 2 Wilfs With Chris Higgins Michael Raynor Becky Kilgore
Feb 3rd Living Room Theater with Micah Hummel and Jon Lakey
Feb 5th 1905 Jam
Feb 7th Jo Bar Tom Wakeling Jason Palmer
Feb 10th Jazz station Eugene with George Colligan TRIO CD release Chris Higgins Chris Brown
Feb 15th gig in Pasedena with Dave Robaire and Steve Hass
Feb 16th 2-4 Cal State Northridge Clinic with Dave Robaire and Steve Hass
Feb 17th The Blue Whale LA George Colligan Trio with Dave Robaire and Steve Hass
February 18- Bach Dynamite and Dancing Society Half Moon Bay with Dave Robaire and Steve Hass
February 20-Yoshi’s in Oakland George Colligan Trio with Buster Williams Lenny White
Feb 21st PDX Jazz Festival George Colligan Trio with Buster Williams Lenny White
Feb 22 Masterclass at PSU George Colligan Trio with Buster Williams Lenny White
Feb 23 Frankie’s in Vancouver BC George Colligan Trio with Buster Williams Lenny White
Feb 24 Frankie’s in Vancouver BC George Colligan Trio with Buster Williams Lenny White
Feb 25th Bellingham WA George Colligan Trio with Buster Williams Lenny White

March 1 Blues Alley DC Buster Williams Lenny White
March 2 Blues Alley DC Buster Williams Lenny White
March 3 Blues Alley DC Buster Williams Lenny White
March 4 Blues Alley DC Buster Williams Lenny White
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 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 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 – The Jazz Bar – Edinburgh, Scotland
5 – Birmingham Conservatoire daytime – Birmingham, England
5 – East Side Jazz Club – Birmingham, England
10 – Jimmy Glass Jazz Club – Valencia, Spain
13 – Sheffield Jazz Club @ Crooke’s – Sheffield, England
14 – Vortex Jazz Club, London, England
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 1-15 Europe? with Rudy Royston and Josh Ginsburg/Michael Janisch
May 3 Lisbon
May 4 Lisbon
May 5 Lisbon
May 6
May 7
MAy 9 Graz Masterclass
May 10 Porgy And Bess Vienna ?
May 11?
May 12 Hamburg
May 13 A Trane Berlin
May 14 Travel
May 15 Klagenfurt
May 18th Kitano NYC with Ed Howard, Adam Hutcheson and Victor Lewis
May 20 Classic Pianos in Portland Solo Concert 3PM
May 26th Jack London Bossa PDX

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

I have a new CD coming out on Sunnyside called Come Together featuring Boris Kozlov and Donald Edwards. Should be out September 22. Stay Tuned……

My new CD entitled RUNAWAY will be released on Sunnyside Records. I don’t know exactly when , but before the end of September. Stay Tuned!

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