Faculty of Music Welcomes New Professor
Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2009 9:46 AM
George Colligan, Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano.
George Colligan
The Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music is excited to announce the appointment of George Colligan as Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano, beginning September 1, 2009.

Mr. Colligan is a New York pianist. His first instrument was the trumpet, although he did take piano lessons for a brief period at age 7. George became more serious about the trumpet in Grade 6 when his teacher, Lee Stevens, inspired him to listen intelligently to many different styles of music, particularly jazz and 20th century classical music. It was clear that George was to pursue music as a career, although less clear was in what capacity. In 1987, George enrolled at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore as a trumpet and Music Education major. However, during his time at Peabody, his interest in the piano and jazz became stronger and he started gigging in hotels and clubs in town.

In 1990, George participated in a one month summer jazz workshop at the Banff Center in Alberta. In 2002 he won the Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition. The following year he received a grant from the Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation for his commissioned work, Post 9-11; a suite of jazz pieces based on impressions of life in America after 9/11. He has released 19 CDs as a leader, with his newest CD being released this fall, “Come Together”. Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Buster Williams and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs).

He says, “I felt a great enthusiasm from the students and the faculty (at the University of Manitoba). I’m anxious to start working with the community here in Winnipeg. Hopefully we can all learn from each other and grow together.”

George Colligan, and his wife Kerry Politzer moved to Winnipeg this fall.
For more information, contact:
Heidi Friesen
Office Assistant
Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music
Phone: (204) 474-9310
Fax: (204) 474-7546
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