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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11 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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    George wrote harmonies for horns and flute. Great work!

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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.

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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!

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    I can leave my song in his capable hands every time. You can hear his dedication to your work.

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

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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.

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

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    George exceeds my expectations every single time. What a great musician.

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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!

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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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