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George Colligan, Buster Williams & Lenny White
Sun, February 25, 2018 @ 7:30 pm–9:00 pm
Three-time Grammy award-winning drummer Lenny White will hit the WJMAC stage with former New York-, currently Portland-based pianist George Colligan and bassist Buster Williams.
Some will think immediately of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever when Lenny White’s name comes up. Others will hear the drums on the historic Miles Davis recording Bitches Brew. But those are just a sampling of the fabulous performances in a long career that includes playing with or producing people like Jackie McLean, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Diane Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Wallace Roney, and too many more to name.
“One of the best kept secrets in jazz” according to Chris Hoven (All About Jazz), George Colligan has a history that displays similarly vast experience. With over 20 recordings as a leader and well over a hundred when the sideman gigs are added, he is obviously no secret to discerning musicians, but has long been in demand for his playing and composing talents.
Now add Buster Williams’ bass to this mix. Williams started out playing with Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt while a teenager and went on to create his own “played with” list that reads like a jazz Hall of Fame. A bandleader in his own right, including a number of recordings with Lenny White, Williams is appreciated for his “solid, dark tone and highly refined technique” (All Music).
WJMAC jumped at the chance to get these three incredible musicians, even though it meant scheduling a special Sunday night show. You want to be there.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER
Led by Artistic Director Julian MacDonough, Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center brings local, regional, and nationally-recognized jazz artists to Whatcom County, as well as offering jazz combo classes to aspiring young musicians, encouraging and cultivating the next generation of jazz artists, lovers, and audience members. Learn more at https://www.wjmac.org.