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George Colligan: New album as leader and drummer / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #284

By TOM D'ANTONI // George Colligan, Jazz composer, pianist and teacher has a  new album as a leader and drummer with his band Theoretical Planets

George Colligan is Skyping with me today. We’re looking to be back in the Café at Artichoke Music in about a month, once I’m fully vaccinated.

You may know George Colligan as a Jazz pianist and composer, a teacher and valued member of several internationally known ensembles.

On his new album Long Term Goals with his band Theoretical Planets, he’s a leader and a drummer. Most of the ensemble is made up of former PSU students of his, but they play like they’ve been together forever.

That’s all pretty unique in the world of music and it takes a lot of talent to pull it off.

That’s what George Colligan does.

He’s a true musical intellectual but has the ability to clearly relate musical concepts to dummies like me.

He’s peripatetic but he took some time to be with us.

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