Narada Jazz is pleased to announce the signing of smooth jazz guitarist Nick Colionne to its stellar artist roster. Colionne's new album, his career fifth, will be released in early 2006.
A native of Chicago, Colionne has made a name for himself with his Wes Montgomery-inspired guitar style, punched up by smooth jazz's funkier and soulful side. Colionne's chops and showmanship have garnered him rave reviews from press across the country, touting him as the fastest-rising star in the genre.
Colionne began his musical career at age 9 and by 15, he turned pro and began touring around the world. He has performed with such luminaries as Natalie Cole, Curtis Mayfield, The Staple Singers, and The Impressions and - as a songwriter - has been recorded by Paul Anka and Johnny Mathis. As a solo artist, Colionne has scored top 10 hits on the R&R charts, honored in 2005 with a Smoothie Award from internet jazz hub, smoothjazz.com, as well as nominated for 2005's Best Jazz Jazz CD" prize by the Chicago Music Awards. On the signing, David Neidhart (Narada Production's Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing) comments, Nick is one of the great talents of contemporary jazz. He's done a great job of building his career to this point and we believe he's ready to become one of the top stars in the genre."
In addition to a rigorous touring and recording schedule, Colionne personally holds a strong sense of community. He has mentored at St. Laurence K-8 School in Elgin, IL since 1994 where he counsels, teaches guitar and computer skills, and assists with talent shows, encouraging the next generation of contemporary jazz stars.