Nick Colionne with Lynne Fiddmont
Creating provocative album titles that give insight into his current musical state of mind, Nick Colionne has done it all in his multi-faceted career. He’s mastered the art of Keepin’ It Cool (2006), transcended musical boundaries to explore realms where there are No Limits (2008), fired up his thousands of worldwide fans with Feel the Heat (2011) and dug deep into his musical soul to share some of his deepest jazz and R&B Influences (2014). While keeping up his whirlwind pace of 75-plus shows per year as one of the genre’s most tireless and explosive live performers, he made history with his 2016 collection The Journey – becoming the only artist in the history of the format to score five consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard Smooth Jazz National Airplay and Smooth Jazz Songs charts from a single album. His 2018 Trippin’ ‘N’ Rhythm album is Just Being Me; its lead single, “Be Urself,” produced by Chris “Big Dog” Davis, has already climbed to the top of the charts.
Nick’s ability to electrify has made him one of the most in demand headliners on the circuit, playing his trademark Epiphone ES 175 guitar at top festivals (Berks Jazz Fest, Capital Jazz Fest, Catalina Jazz Trax Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, JazzFest West, Punta Gorda Jazz Festival, Cancun Jazz Fest, Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway), on theme cruises (Capital Jazz Cruise, The Smooth Jazz Cruise, Dave Koz Cruise) and in other famed venues (The Soiled Dove in Denver, Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton). Nick has also performed several times at the Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg in Germany, the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival in Spain and Pizza Express in London, where he headlines annually with multiple shows.
The recipient of the 1996 Malcom X College Alumnus of the Year Award (he earned his degree there in music), Colionne has devoted much of his spare time over the past 20 years to mentoring children at St. Laurence K-8 School in Elgin, Illinois. His roles include counseling, teaching music, computer music skills and guitar, and assisting with talent shows and holiday pageants.
Proceeds to benefit youth development programs in St. Louis Region supported by The Eta Boule Foundation.