George Colligan

Piano/Drums/Bass/Etc....

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Multi-instrumentalist (piano, keyboard, drums, trumpet, organ, acoustic and electric bass), producer, and arranger will make your project sound great. 34 albums as a leader and 130 as a sideman. Have worked with such diverse artists as John Scofield, Cassandra Wilson, Jack DeJohnette, and many others.

I have the set up to do tracks for piano, bass, drums, trumpet, synths, virtual instruments, with some mixing and light mastering. I use Logic and I have lots of sound libraries.

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21 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jeff L.
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    Another superb track from George. George Colligan is a superb musician with all right instincts a producer wants from their session musicians. He is truly a musician's musician of the highest caliber. I highly recommended him!

  2. Review by JS
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    George did a great job. Very happy with the end result. Thanks, George!

  3. Review by John D.
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    George really delivered the sound and feel I was looking for.
    I’m very impressed and look forward to working on more material soon!

  4. Review by James L.
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    George is so so talented. Can’t say enough good things about working with him.

  5. Review by James L.
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    George was easy to work with and very accommodating with my timeline. Nailed it in one shot on bass and drums. Will definitely be using him on his main instrument(piano) for another project!

  6. Review by Lindsay R.
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    George was extremely dedicated to making sure I got a product I loved! He plays several instruments very well which made completing my project super easy. I would definitely recommend!

  7. Review by Jeff L.
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    George Colligan is a brilliant musician and producer. His bio is a who's who of NYC-Jazz' upper-echelon. It's for a simple reason. George can play his tail off and elevates the musicianship of any project he is involved with. George may be one of the best kept secrets on Soundbetter.com , but it won't be for long.

  8. Review by Filip M.
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    I will go to George for all my jazz needs!

  9. Review by Filip M.
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    Another perfect song!

  10. Review by Filip M.
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    When you want someone who understands jazz you need George for sure.

  11. Review by Filip M.
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    George wrote harmonies for horns and flute. Great work!

  12. Review by Filip M.
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    George is very professional and a pleasure to work with, every time.

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    I can always rely on George to understand and execute what is needed.

  14. Review by Filip M.
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    George wrote a great arrangement for trumpet, flute, and the whole band for me, and also played many of the instruments. A talented man!

  15. Review by Filip M.
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    I can leave my song in his capable hands every time. You can hear his dedication to your work.

  16. Review by Filip M.
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    I am incredibly pleased to have found George on this platform, a real multi-talented jazz player.

  17. Review by Filip M.
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    George perfectly interpreted my wish and translated it to a perfect track. He plays trumpet, bass, and drums on all my tracks. He is the one I need.

  18. Review by Filip M.
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    I can rely on George to deliver vibrant jazz tracks. His trumpet, bass & drums are always spot-on.

  19. Review by Filip M.
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    George exceeds my expectations every single time. What a great musician.

  20. Review by Filip M.
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    George is a true hard working multi instrumentalist. He delivered a full band jazz track to me that fits like a glove. I love the sound of it, the swing of it, the solos, the comping... it is such a joy!

  21. Review by Filip M.
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    George is simply amazing and worked so blazingly fast. Incredible.

Interview with George Colligan

  1. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  2. A: drums trumpet keyboard computer phone, to call a rescue plane

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: I was a trumpeter and went all the way thru Peabody Conservatory on trumpet. My degree was classical trumpet and Music Ed. While I was in Baltimore, I got more into piano, and then started getting jazz gigs as a pianist. So since around 1988 I've been working as a professional jazz pianist. I worked around Baltimore and Washington DC for years, until I moved to NYC in 1995. I did a lot of touring and recording while I was there. I'm living in Portland, Oregon now, but I still am making music as much as possible.

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: Jazz with a lot of other influences.

  7. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  8. A: Roy Haynes, because he is one of the great drummers that I never got to play with. I would be down to play with David Sanborn.

  9. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  10. A: Making music is a skill but also an art. Even if you have learned the skills, there is still trial and error, and also learning by doing.

  11. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  12. A: Mostly jazz, but I'm interested in everything.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: I'm most known as a jazz pianist, I've been doing that professionally for 32 years. I really enjoy playing drums. I have done a lot of composing.

  15. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  16. A: I'm flexible. If the client wants more input, I can offer that. If the client is specific, I don't mind that either.

  17. Q: What's your typical work process?

  18. A: I can work fast, depending on what else is going on. But generally I like to make deadlines and keep them.

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: I have a Yamaha Upright which is really high end and records well. I have an upright bass, I have a custom made Portland Drum Company drum kit and maybe 13 snares, lots of cymbals. I usually use 4 mics for recording drums. I use a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 as an interface and Logic Pro X as my DAW. I have Komplete, Keyscape, Toontrack drums, Trilian, Omnisphere. lots of other sound sources.

  21. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  22. A: I love Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny- for other gneres, I'm a child of the 80's, so I do enjoy a lot of the 80's stuff. I was a fan of Wu Tang Clan, especially their production.

  23. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  24. A: I can do tracks on piano, keyboards, organ, bass, trumpet, drums. I do primarily jazz and jazz related genres, but I love many genres and I am open to pop, hip hop, rock, folk, classical, and just about anything. I can read music and also improvise. I can do some light mixing and mastering in Logic. I can do arranging as well.

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Gear Highlights
  • acoustic piano
  • drums
  • acoustic bass
  • electric bass
  • trumpet
  • Logic
  • Komplete
  • Keyscape
  • Trilian
  • Toontrack
  • many sound libraries
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