Monthly archive - March 2015

George Colligan, piano – June 7

George Colligan, piano – June 7


George Colligan is a New York based pianist, organist,drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). He has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Origin Label is called ”The Endless Mysteries” and features Larry Grenadier and Jack DeJohnette. Colligan’s musical style incorporates everything from showtunes to funk, from free improvisation to 20th century classical music. His performances include dazzling technique as well as mature restraint.

Colligan was on the faculty of the Juilliard School (NewYork City) for two years and is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He is currently a member of Jack DeJohnette’s New Quintet. Recently, Colligan started playing the Hammond 44 Melodion(melodica). He also started a popular blog called jazztruth(


“Colligan is an equally deserving torch-carrier of the piano trio tradition….” John Kelman , All About Jazz


“One of the best kept secrets in jazz….” Chris Hoven, All About Jazz


“As a creative artist, he’s really up there…. In terms of technique, knowledge of music and improvisational creativity, there aren’t a whole lot of cats from his generation that are any better than him. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of any.”– Don Braden in a blindfold test for Jazz Times


“Pianist George Colligan stole the set with a display of technique that inspired a standing ovation.”-Harvey Siders, Jazz Times, in a review of a Ravi Coltrane concert.


George Colligan has toured, recorded ,and/or performed as a sideman with Cassandra Wilson, Buster Williams, Don Byron, Lonnie Plaxico, Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Gary Thomas, Miguel Zenon, Tom Harrell, Steve Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Ralph Peterson, Vanessa Rubin, Steve Wilson,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, Jamie Baum, Michal Urbaniak, Ron McClure,DJ Logic, Randy Brecker and Stefon Harris, among others.

Dave Carson, sax – May 17

Dave Carson, sax – May 17

We are bringing back local saxophone favorite Dave Carson as our featured musician for this very special event. Our performance will feature Josh Mason on piano and Terry Marsh on drums and Tracie Marsh on bass.

As a performer, Dave is one of the most well renowned saxophonists in the Northwest. He has played with many greats, Mel Torme and Smokey Robinson just to name a few. He got his professional start in the US Navy Band. He currently is busy running the band, Soul Siren and The Dave Carson Band and probably plays more shows more than anyone in the Kitsap area.

As an instructor, Dave has about 60 students in his studio, and his students always dominate the top bands in their class. His record for saxophone students participating at State Solo Ensemble and winning is unmatched. Dave is a seasoned musician, a busy performer and a first class instructor. He is based out of Kitsap, however, his music brings him all over the Northwest.

Dave plays the saxophone with passion and energy, with solos which reach an exciting peak. You are in for a treat, his music is powerful and groove of swing runs deep.

Check out more on his website

Native Jazz Quartet – April 19

Native Jazz Quartet – April 19

The Native Jazz Quartet features Jason Marsalis (youngest brother of Wynton and Branford Marsalis) on vibes, Reuel Lubag on piano, Ed Littlefield on drums and Christian Fabian on bass.

This band is a hard swinging high energy performance act based on the swing/bebop tradition but uses only native/folk melodies in their arrangements. Everyone in the band represents a different culture; Ed – Alaska native/Tlinggit, Reuel is Filipino, Jason is African American/New Orleans and Christian is Swedish/German.

The NJQ will be featured on radio live at KPLU the day before the concert and we are so excited to have this group of world-class musicians. They have won awards and toured all over including Alaska, Guatemala, and Bolivia.

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 Toma Villa – Native American Artist of the Yakima Nation

This sensational artist draws his inspiration from his culture and heritage. He is gifted in mediums of painting, airbrushing, printmaking, sculpture and iron casting.


“My abilities in art range from graffiti, iron casting, painting, airbrushing, printmaking, sculpture to design. The roots of my art have always been graffiti art. I get a lot of my inspiration from various places, from cities I have traveled to and paintings I have seen such as Salvador Dali’s work in a museum or Saber’s murals on the streets.” -Toma

Raised in Portland, OR, a lot of his work is inspired by his time fishing the Columbia River with his family out of Cooks Landing.  He uses his experiences as a fisherman and have encapsulated them in his work.

Here is a beautiful mural he did for Chief Joseph