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George Colligan: The Phyllis Wheatley Project featuring Zyanna

Saturday, September 2nd, 2023, 2PM – Portland Metro Arts
George Colligan

George Colligan: The Phyllis Wheatley Project featuring Zyanna

Saturday, September 2nd, 2023, 2PM – Portland Metro Arts Tickets $5-30LIVESTREAM

Phyllis Wheatley was the first published African American poet. Enslaved in 1761, she became a household name and a catalyst for the abolition movement. George Colligan sets her poetry to music.

Tasting notes: energetic, melodious, innovative

George Colligan is not only one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, but he has earned an international reputation as a multi-instrumentalist (drums, trumpet, organ, keyboards), composer, accompanist, teacher, and bandleader, as well as popular blogger (jazztruth.blogspot.com). Winner of the 2015 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll for Keyboard, he has had a long association with living jazz legend Jack DeJohnette and recent touring took Colligan around the U.S. with “An Evening with Jack DeJohnette and Savion Glover.” He has also recently toured the U.S. and Canada as a leader with his trio featuring legends Buster Williams and Lenny White. With over 130 albums to date as an accompanist, Colligan has worked with a long list of jazz greats, including John Scofield, Buster Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Botti, and many others. His latest album, King’s Dream (PJCE Records 2022) is his 36th as a bandleader.

Zyanna

Zyanna is a Portland and Los Angeles-based jazz and contemporary arranger, vocalist and vocal teacher with heavy influences from Neo-Soul, Rap, Gospel and Hard Rock Blues. Her reinterpretation and reharmonization of well known jazz standards and contemporary favorites keeps audiences on their toes.

Lineup: George Colligan, piano ; Zyanna, vocals ; Noah Simpson, trumpet ; Garrett Baxter, bass ; Domo Branch, drums

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Personnel

George Colligan, piano
Zyanna, vocals
Noah Simpson, trumpet
Garrett Baxter, bass
Domo Branch, drums

2023 Festival Events

Presented by Accelerator Design Studios

Friday 9/1

Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra Combo
MJF Student Stage at Vino Veritas – 4:00PM
Vestal Stories: Mary-Sue Tobin Sextet
Mt. Tabor Park Amphitheater – 6:00PM
Views of an Urban Volcano with Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble
Mt. Tabor Park Amphitheater – 7:30PM
Charlie 3rown Quartet
The 1905 – 11:30PM

Saturday 9/2

George Colligan: The Phyllis Wheatley Project featuring Zyanna
Portland Metro Arts – 2:00PM
Ryan Meagher, Ralph Alessi, Peter Epstein, and Mark Ferber
Portland Metro Arts – 5:00PM
Mt. Hood Community College Jazz Combo
MJF Student Stage at Vino Veritas – 6:00PM
Darrell Grant's Piano in the Dark with special guest Billy Childs
Alberta Rose Theatre – 8:00PM
Nicole McCabe Quartet
The 1905 – 11:30PM

Sunday 9/3

Domo Branch and Branchin’ Out
Portland Metro Arts – 2:00PM
Jam Session by Alan Jones Academy of Music
The 1905 - 4:00PM
Tim Willcox Quartet featuring Chuck Israels
Portland Metro Arts – 5:00PM
Portland State University Combo
MJF Student Stage at Vino Veritas – 6:00PM
Alan Jones Quartet featuring Tivon Pennicott, Kevin Hays and Joe Martin
Alberta Rose Theatre – 8:00PM
Frank Irwin's Aurora Septet
The 1905 – 11:00PM