Nick Colionne, Chicago-based jazz guitarist and vocalist, has signed a multi-album recording contract with Three Keys Music out of Washington, D.C. His first CD for the label, Just Come On In, will be released in late spring. The first single "High Flyin'" will be at radio soon, and Colionne begins touring June 1 with a performance at America's Jazz Festival outside of Washington, D.C., finishing at the Ziegler Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival in West Bend, WI September 6.
Colionne has been lauded as "a master of contemporary jazz guitar" by JazzReview.com. All About Jazz says "Colionne is a descendant of guitar master Wes Montgomery, with more than a dash of soul added." At Three Keys Music, he joins jazz stars Marcus Johnson, Bobby Lyle and Michael Lington. Colionne has released three previous CDs to international airplay and critical acclaim - It's My Turn, Arrival and The Seduction, and was the Malcolm X College alumnus of the year in 1996 for his contributions to music and K-8 music education. He is a jazz guitar endorsee for Epiphone Guitars (a division of Gibson USA) and of Gibson Strings and Accessories.
Three Keys Music, a division of Marimelj Enertainment LLC, is headed up by keyboardist Marcus Johnson who was honored in 2001 as the U.S. Small Business Administration's Young Entrepreneur of the Year. A major investor in Three Keys Music is Robert Johnson, America's first African-American billionaire (BET/Viacom) and the first black NBA franchise owner. Three Keys Music has a dynamic roster of jazz and pop/R&B artists and is one of entertainment's most prestigious new companies.