George Colligan: Fathers and Sons with the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble

A new suite of music penned exclusively for this performance with one of Portland’s most exciting large jazz ensembles.

Fathers and Sons is George Colligan’s musical retrospective of and tribute to his family tree, a programmatic representation of Colligan men in America. From Peter Colligan’s voyage to 1-year-old Jordan’s birth and development, the piece is a musical explanation and exploration of the composer’s lineage. Although each movement is distinct, there is still a motive thread throughout the entire work. Commissioned by the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, it features the composer at the piano as well as some of the best jazz musicians in the Portland area.

The Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble commissions, performs, and celebrates new music by established and emerging local jazz composers through our 12-member jazz chamber orchestra, our sextet, our record label PJCE Records, and our podcast, Beyond Category. In the past 2 years, the PJCE has commissioned 10 composers, tripled its pay for musicians and composers, and released 20 albums by Portland bands.

Saturday 8/20 8:10 p.m.

George Colligan – piano, compositions
Douglas Detrick – trumpet, executive director, musical director
Ryan Meagher – guitar, director of operations
Mieke Bruggeman – baritone sax, director of development
Lee Elderton – soprano sax, woodwinds
John Nastos – alto sax, woodwinds
Joe Manis – tenor sax, woodwinds
Thomas Barber – trumpet, flugelhorn
John Moak – trombone
Rebecca Olason – horn in F
Jon Shaw – bass
Christopher Brown – drums