Tuesday, January 24, 2012

George Colligan at Ivories this Saturday 8:30 to 12

Hey there Portland Jazz Fans. If you enjoyed my show at the Mission Theater in December, then you'll enjoy my show coming up this Saturday at Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant. Ivories is a cool new hang in Portland. It has a great atmosphere, a great piano, friendly staff, and great music. It's conveniently located at 1435 NW Flanders Street, right in the Pearl District. I think Ivories is going to be the new spot in town for real live jazz.

David Valdez
The band will feature David Valdez on alto. Valdez is also a successful jazz blogger, but he is a monster on the alto saxophone. We've been playing a lot since I moved to Portland, and I'm enjoying his playing the more I hear him. He lived in New York for some years, and he still possesses that New York edge in his playing. Eric Gruber is a fine bassist who I've played several times with since I moved here. Todd Strait is a groovemeister on the drums. He's very clean and consistent, but can also light a fire when necessary. We've played a bunch with Dan Balmer's trio.

We'll be doing a mix of standards and originals, but with emphasis on the originals. Much of the music will be off of an unreleased recording that I did this past November for the Steeplechase label. I think it's going to be a great show, and I hope to see you there. There are other upcoming shows in Portland and elsewhere coming up, so stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy this video from a recent festival gig featuring Jaleel Shaw, Boris Kozlov and Donald Edwards.


  1. Nice video.
    Great playing, great comping, great band, great musicianship !
    GREAT !

  2. Wow George, that's some great playing! Really nice, look forward to hearing more!


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