Colligan, who is known to critics as “an advanced jazz pianist and composer who has done high-ranking work as a sideman and a leader” (David R. Adler, All Music Guide), will lead the group in performances of original music from his 2008 release, Runaway (Sunnyside Records).
“George Colligan is a pianist who seems to stand out from the plethora of other fine players currently active on the scene,” writes Jazz.com’s Ralph A. Miriello. “His creative phrasing simply demands to be listened to. He is a pianist to be watched.”
AllAboutJazz.com’s John Kelman adds, “From the post bop of Eddie Henderson to the complex orchestrations of Jamie Baum and the gritty R&B of Don Byron’s tribute to Junior Walker, Colligan has done it all. With a growing discography as a leader since 1996, Colligan is an artist waiting to be discovered beyond the smaller confines of those in the know…hopefully the impressive Runaway will be the one to do it for him.”
For nearly two decades, Colligan has carved out a distinctive career as a prolific recording artist, in-demand sideman and respected bandleader/composer. Highly regarded for his ability to incorporate musical styles ranging from modern jazz to fusion to free improvisation to contemporary classical, he has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including 17 under his own name.
His long and impressive résumé includes work with such notable jazz figures as Gary Bartz, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Lee Konitz, Christian McBride, Buster Williams and Cassandra Wilson. Since 2007, he has also served on the jazz piano faculty at The Julliard School of Music.
2009 Spring Jazz Series schedule:
03/20: Julian Lage Group
03/27: Jimmy Greene Quartet
04/03: Pete Robbins/Mario Pavone/Tyshawn Sorey
04/10: George Colligan Trio
04/17: Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic Resonance
04/24: Noah Preminger Quartet
05/01: Michaël Attias Quintet
05/08: Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits
05/15: James Carney Group
05/22: Michael Musillami Trio + 3
05/29: Ben Allison & Man Size Safe
06/05: Carl Maguire’s Floriculture
06/12: Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher
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