@ Pigeon Island, St. Lucia Jazz Festival
10 May 2008
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Chicago born, bred and still residing guitarist Nick Colionne’s
professional career started art the age of 15 He toured all over
the world with rock bands and some of the greatest legends of R&B,
from The Staples Singers to Curtis Mayfield.
Colionne launched his solo career in 1994 with “It’s
My Turn” which reached #13 on the national charts, and he
hasn't looked back since.
“Jazz was my upbringing, but initially pursuing a career
as a sideman meant I had to become well versed in R&B, blues
and heavy metal. When I play live, I incorporate all kinds of music
and have a lot of fun. All of these styles have contributed to defining
my own sound as an artist.”
Colionne's sustained chart-topping Radio history combined with
his incredible live performances has propelled him to the upper
echelons of smooth jazz stardom. Most recently, he won the International
Instrumental Artist of the Year Award by the Canadian Smooth Jazz
Awards; the 2006 winner was Trumpeter Chris Botti.
Nick Colionne’s charismatic stage presence, combined with
his guitar virtuosity, are evidence he’s succeeded; audiences
love the excitement and energy he brings to every performance. Nick
Colionne's latest CD “Keepin' It Cool” on Narada Jazz
found the first single “Always Thinking of You” propelling
him to the top of the charts once again. This single was #9 for
the year 2006 on Radio and Records, and Nick was the #9 Artist of
Nick Colionne continues to impress audiences worldwide with his
charismatic lively performances. It seems the only way is up for
this colourful character. Colionne explains;
“The most exciting part of all of this for me is that
I am actually living my dream, getting a chance to play guitar for
people in so many places”. The greatest moments come when
I look at their faces in the audience when I play, and I realize
that I'm making them feel what I'm feeling. That's a fascinating
level of communication”.
Nick Colionne certainly has the whole package – An electrifying
guitar style, mesmerising stage presence and an eye catching colourful
wardrobe. Colionne’s fellow musicians, journalists and Pigeon
Island patrons were enthralled. Though his music was unfamiliar
to me, I felt impelled to listen… and I definitely did enjoy!
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