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LHI Live: Jazz Pianist George Colligan

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On a recent visit to Western Michigan University, jazz pianist George Colligan joined Jazz Currents host Keith Hall in the Yoshimi Takeda Performance Studio at WMUK for an hour of music and conversation.

George Colligan is a New York based pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader. An award-winning composer and player, Colligan is in demand as a sideman on the bandstand and in the studio, having appeared on over 100 CDs. He appeared with saxophonist Steve Wilson at Western Michigan University last March. 

Colligan's musical style incorporates everything from show tunes to funk, from free improvisation to 20th century classical music. On his popular blog, jazztruth, he discusses the music of his contemporaries and influential artists of the past.

Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.
As Chief Engineer for WMUK, Martin Klemm is kept busy by tending to a variety of issues - from computers to tower lights - he will never run out of things to fix. Before coming to WMUK in 2003, Martin worked in Los Angeles making records with some outstanding producers, but preferred to be close to his family here in west Michigan. He enjoys keeping a busy schedule balancing WMUK, loving on his friends' doggos, and remodeling his home in the Edison neighborhood (which never seems to end)
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