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George Colligan & Randy Porter
Michelle's Piano Company
600 SE Stark St.
Sept. 15, 2018, 6 p.m.
SoulPatch Music Productions celebrates its founder Vahagn Khachaturian's 40th birthday and his affection for pianos, by presenting internationally renowned pianists George Colligan & Randy Porter in an evening of soli and duo performances at Michelle's Pianos on Saturday, September 15th at 6pm. Please join us and experience the magic of infinite possibilities and freedoms of a solo piano performance, and the tricky and telepathic world of piano duets by these masters! As has been our custom at SoulPatch Music Productions, the tickets are an affordable $10 when purchased in advance through Ticket Tomato, and $15 at the door. This is an ALL AGES event.
With every year, pianist George Colligan is getting farther from being jazz's best kept secret and closer to a world-wide recognition he deserves as one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. The gifted multi-instrumentalist was raised in Columbia, Maryland, and attended the Peabody Institute majoring in classical trumpet later switching to piano. An eclectic and wide-ranging musician, Colligan incorporates everything from show tunes to funk, from bebop to free improvisation and to modern classical music. His performances are celebrated for displaying dazzling technique, as well as mature restraint. Because of these and many other exceptional qualities he was named the winner of the industry leader Downbeat Magazine’s Critics’ Poll in 2015.
George Colligan has toured, recorded ,and/or performed with Cassandra Wilson, Buster Williams, Don Byron, Lonnie Plaxico, Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Miguel Zenon, Tom Harrell, Steve Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Ralph Peterson, Dave Weckl, Richard Bona, Jane Monheit, Ravi Coltrane, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Janis Siegel, Christian McBride, Billy Hart, Charles Fambrough, Mingus Big Band, AL Foster, Mark Turner, Don Braden, Lew Soloff, Gunther Schuller, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Lee Konitz, DJ Logic, Randy Brecker, Stefon Harris, and many others. He is currently a member of Jack DeJohnette’s New Quintet. As a leader, Colligan has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. Colligan was on the faculty of the Juilliard School for two years and is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University.
His 2017 GRAMMY nomination reaffirmed what the Portland audience has known for decades—that Steinway artist Randy Porter is one of the most sophisticated and superb practitioners of this music. Raised in San Diego, Porter studied at the New England Conservatory where his teachers included colossal figures like Jaki Byard and Fred Hersch.
Randy Porter has performed and recorded with countless renowned musicians including Freddy Hubbard, Benny Golson, Anita O'Day, Harold Land, David Friesen, Wynton Marsalis, Stephane Grapelli, the New York Voices and many others. His career highlights include performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, and Kennedy Center with Diane Schuur, performances at Kimball’s with Art Farmer and Clifford Jordan, The House of Blues in Chicago and BB King’s Blues Club in NYC with Gino Vannelli, and the Monterey Jazz Festival with Madeline Eastman. Porter has had a long association with the legendary saxophonist Charles McPherson—touring the world as part of his quartet, re-creating the music from the classic recording Charlie Parker with Strings, and performing McPherson’s Sweet Synergy Suite with the San Diego Ballet.
WHAT: George Colligan & Randy Porter
WHEN: Saturday, September 15th at 6pm (doors at 5:30)
WHERE: Michelle's Pianos 600 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 503-295-1180
TICKETS: $10 advance, $15 at the door. Click HERE to purchase