George Colligan and Debbie Deane Piano/Vocal Duo
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George Colligan is 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, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Ravi Coltrane, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). Colligan is currently a member of Jack Dejohnette's new Quintet. As a leader, Colligan has released 19 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Piloo Records label is entitled Pride and Joy. 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 recently began performing on the Hammond 44 melodion.
George Colligan has toured, recorded, and/or performed as a sideman with Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Gary Thomas, Dave Weckl, Steve Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Ralph Peterson, Vanessa Rubin, Steve Wilson,Richard Bona,Jane Monheit, Ravi Coltrane, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Miguel Zenon,Janis Siegel, Christian McBride, Billy Hart, Charles Fambrough, Mingus Big Band, Al Foster, Gunther Schuller, Mark Turner, Lee Konitz, Jamie Baum, Carl Allen,Michal Urbaniak, DJ Logic and Stefon Harris, among others. Colligan has been a faculty member of the Juilliard Jazz Program and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba.
"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.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the multi-talented Debbie Deane grew up listening to Carole King, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan. She found herself driven to explore the fertile ground of music and lyrics. Her older brother introduced her to folk, funk and fusion. She listened to all the great divas in the folk, pop and jazz worlds, and developed an intense interest in groove music and jazz harmony. Music was the ultimate refuge.
After earning a degree in English Literature, Debbie embarked on her music career. She studied jazz intensively at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, honing the piano skills that she continues to display as a singer-songwriter. At first her songwriting and singing came as an afterthought, but then took the forefront. In the last five years she’s shown impressive development on the guitar as well.
In her performing and recording life, Debbie has had the good fortune to work with top-tier jazz musicians who share her interest in quality songwriting — people like drummer Brian Blade and saxophonist Joshua Redman. Upon moving back to Brooklyn, she lived in a “jazz den” with some of the city’s most promising jazz musicians, including saxophonist Seamus Blake, drummer Marc Miralta and pianists John Stetch and George Colligan. “Everyone came through our place,” says Debbie. “The people I’ve played with, they’re all my friends and they’ve known me, they’ve been my roommates and people I went to school with.” Their presence on Debbie’s recordings and at her live shows is a powerful endorsement.
Debbie continues to gig extensively in New York and beyond. She is proud to be a part of Brooklyn Above Ground, a diverse music collective that has donated proceeds from its compilation CD to the grass-roots organization World Hunger Year. Debbie’s songs have appeared on TV’s “Party of Five,” on Jennifer Love Hewitt’s album Let’s Go Bang, and in a number of films. In addition, she is a cast member of the Great American Pop Show: the History of American Popular Music, which tours elementary schools in and around New York City. Teaching music is a big part of her life.
Her self-titled debut CD, produced by bassist Jeff Andrews and featuring Wayne Krantz, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, Phil Markowitz and more, was licensed by ESC Records and released in Europe in 2005. She was featured on Radio France, and on Lufthansa Airline's Inflight program in 2006. The label also honored Debbie by including her rendition of “Any World (That I’m Welcome To)” on the 2006 compilation Maestros of Cool: a Tribute to Steely Dan.
In June 2007 Debbie releases her second album, the richly rewarding Grove House, on RKM Records, a label run by the illustrious jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Once again, she brings warmth, sophistication and rock-n-roll edge to the table, leading another cast of fine musicians as she sings of love, ambivalence and freedom.
More at: http://debbiedeane.com/