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George Coleman Jr. was born into a musical family. As a drummer, producer, composer, filmmaker, and son of two musical jazz greats, saxophone legend George Coleman Sr. and organist, composer and vocalist, Gloria Coleman, he was seven when master drummer Max Roach gave him his first set of drums. George studied with master teachers including Sam Ulano, Michael Carvin, Harold Mabern and Jamil Nasser.  George’s most influential teacher was the late master percussionist Billy Higgins. Under his tutelage, George’s conceptual understanding of both the drums and the music he played broadened, which led Higgins to call him “one of the most talented and creative young drummers on the New York jazz scene.”

 

In 2019, George took on the role of film producer and released a documentary entitled “Another Kind of Soul: The Coleman Family Legacy”. The film chronicles his family’s personal and musical histories and includes concert footage as well as interviews with his family and other iconic jazz figures including Branford Marsalis. Another Kind of Soul is available on various streaming services including Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Tubi TV. 

 

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