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George Colligan

George Colligan

After more than 60 recordings, including 13 as a leader, George Colligan has in a relatively short period of time established a solid rep around New York as a reliably swinging pianist with an advanced understanding of the jazz tradition.

Colligan’s lengthy list of sideman credits since 1995 include tours and recordings with Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, Buster Williams, Michael Brecker, Billy Hart, Don Braden, Robin Eubanks, Don Byron, Lonnie Plaxico, Steve Wilson, David Gilmore, the Mingus Big Band, Cassandra Wilson, Vanessa Rubin and Jane Monheit. In addition, he has recorded a string of impressive dates as a leader for the SteepleChase, Fresh Sound New Talent and Criss Cross labels in settings that include solo (1999’s Small Room, 2002’s Return to Copenhagen), duo (2001’s Twins, 2002’s A Wish), trio (1998’s Stomping Ground, 2001’s Agent 99), quartet (2000’s Constant Source, 2002’s Ultimatum) and larger (1997’s quintet date Newcomer and 2000’s Spanish-tinged Como La Vida Puede Ser (How Life Could Be), which includes a quartet with several special guests).

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