“Mr. Colligan favors an earthy, assertive style, putting him in a lineage
that includes McCoy Tyner, John Hicks and Mulgrew Miller.?”– New York Times
“Colligan is an equally deserving torch-carrier of the piano trio tradition….” John Kelman, All About Jazz
“One of the best kept secrets in jazz….” Chris Hoven, All About Jazz
“As a creative artist, he’s really up there…. In terms of technique, knowledge of music and improvisational creativity, there aren’t a whole lot of cats from his generation that are any better than him. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of any.”– Don Braden in a blindfold test for Jazz Times
Renowned pianist and composer George Colligan, returns to Jazzway for the Baltimore CD release of his latest CD on the Whirlwind label “More Powerful”. Colligan is 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. “More Powerful” is his 28th album as a leader and features some of New York’s finest talents in the great Linda Oh on Bass, Rudy Royston on drums, and Nicole Glover on tenor saxophone. and soprano saxophone. The Jazzway concert features Colligan on piano, Matthew Parrish on bass and local jazz virtuoso, Lee Pearson on drums
Colligan is the winner of the 2015 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll (Keyboard), and 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 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 a Professor at Portland State University. Tickets: $38-General, $33-BJA Members (PER registered member, please), $22-Students. All tickets include all soft drinks, entry in a raffle, and a desert, fruit and cheese buffet post-concert.