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 ClientEndorse George Colligan
George wrote harmonies for horns and flute. Great work!
George is very professional and a pleasure to work with, every time.
I can always rely on George to understand and execute what is needed.
George wrote a great arrangement for trumpet, flute, and the whole band for me, and also played many of the instruments. A talented man!
I can leave my song in his capable hands every time. You can hear his dedication to your work.
I am incredibly pleased to have found George on this platform, a real multi-talented jazz player.
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.
I can rely on George to deliver vibrant jazz tracks. His trumpet, bass & drums are always spot-on.
George exceeds my expectations every single time. What a great musician.
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!
George is simply amazing and worked so blazingly fast. Incredible.
Interview with George Colligan
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: drums trumpet keyboard computer phone, to call a rescue plane
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Jazz with a lot of other influences.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly jazz, but I'm interested in everything.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I can work fast, depending on what else is going on. But generally I like to make deadlines and keep them.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.