The 2016 pdxJazz Festival Presents
Nicole Glover Quartet
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Jimmy Mak's, Portland








Nicole Glover / saxophone
George Colligan / piano
Jonathan Lakey / bass
Alan Jones / drums

Nicole Glover

Portland-native Nicole Glover started playing clarinet at the age of 10 but quickly transitioned to tenor saxophone the next year. Soon she was selected for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which led her to play with exceptional musicians such as Bobby Watson, Julian Lage and Wynton Marsalis. Glover has recorded with Esperanza Spalding, most notably on the Grammy®-award winning album Radio Music Society. Her debut album, First Record, establishes her as a skilled technician, recalling the sounds of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. However she maintains a unique and recognizable tone, avoiding a common flaw in young saxophonists. For her debut album release, Glover will be joined by George Colligan, Jonathan Lakey and Alan Jones.

George Colligan

George Colligan is a jazz 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),

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). 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 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).

Colligan has been a faculty member of the Juilliard Jazz Program and is now the Jazz Area Coordinator at Portland State University.

Alan Jones

Jones moved to Portland Oregon at an early age. He began playing the drums and guitar as a young child and had some instruction from local Jazz Pianist and Educator Arletta O'hearn Jones spent his high school years soaking in the vibrant local music scene. "I saw Dexter Gordon when I was in high school," recalls Jones, who sneaked in an upstairs window to soak up the music before he was caught and ejected".

After moving to Boston in 1980 Jones graduated from the Berklee College of Music where he studied with the jazz drummer Alan Dawson. During this time he spent two summers at the Banff Center for the Fine Arts in Canada and also made appearances in his home town of Portland. Jones moved to New York City in 1984 and as a tenant of the same Brooklyn apartment building as Jim Pepper and bassist Ben Wolfe, where he organized many jam sessions.

In 1985 while still in New York City, Jones met Canadian Saxophonist Phil Dwyer and they both performed as members of the David Friesen trio, a tenure which lasted into the next decade. In 1988, Jones moved to Europe splitting his home between Vienna and Paris. This led to Jones sharing leadership and compositional duties with band mates in The Fensters and performing at Europe's leading jazz festivals. This also coincided with tours of England, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Czech Republic. During his time in Europe, Jones also continued to tour with The David Friesen Trio[13] throughout the U.S. and extensively up and down the West Coast[13] as well as additional dates in Canada with Kenny Wheeler.

Upon returning to Portland in 1996, Jones stepped further into the roll of band leader and composer with the formation of The Alan Jones Sextet and led to the creation of The Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM.)

Jonathan Lakey

By the age of 7, Jonathan was already pursuing music and performance in many arenas. After mastering piano, he moved on to percussion, electric bass, saxophone, clarinet and acoustic bass... all by the time he was 21.

Jonathan has played gigs all over the world, from Seattle, WA to Vannes, France. He currently resides here in Portland where he's kept busy as a professional bass player, composer and educator. Jonathan has been a part of the Alan Jones Academy of Music since the summer of 2011.


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Recorded and mixed by Alan Niven in eight channels of audio and one camera. Produced by for pdxJazz, Portland, Oregon.