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.