November 17 Masterclass: George Colligan

November 17, 2017 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Nash
110 E Roosevelt St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Co-sponsored by PVCC, SCC, and The Nash

In this interactive masterclass, virtuosic multi-instrumentalist George Colligan will demonstrate and discuss his approach to improvisation, interaction, and musicianship in a small-group jazz ensemble content. Musicians, bring your instruments! This masterclass is co-sponsored by Paradise Valley Community Community College, Scottsdale Community College, and The Nash.

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) and player (winner, Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). He has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Origin Label is called”The Endless Mysteries” and features Larry Grenadier and Jack DeJohnette. 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 (


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