Following is a press release from On The Edge Productions, Chicago, Illinois, December 10:
Soul-Jazz Superstar Nick Colionne To Ring In The New Year in Philadelphia
Jazz guitarist and vocalist Nick Colionne brings his special brand of excitement this New Year's Eve to Philadelphia. Michael Tozzi of ijazzglobal.com (former WJJZ Program Director) presents Nick Colionne (along with an after party with Philadelphia Band ZOE) at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Philadelphia International Airport.
Colionne joined the ranks of today's premier jazz artists with his Top Ten 2003 Album "JUST COME ON IN" that included the #1 hit "High Flyin" and top-ten hit "It's Been Too Long". His 2006 release "KEEPIN' IT COOL" propelled him to the top of the charts once again with the Top Ten hit singles "Always Thinking of You" (which stayed on the R&R charts for an incredible 45 weeks), "Keepin' It Cool" and "If You Ask Me". "KEEPIN' IT COOL" was also named Top Ten CD of the Year for 2006 on numerous lists.
His latest CD "NO LIMITS" has already produced two Top Five Hits, the title track "No Limits" and "The Big Windy Cat".
Says Colionne of the project: "NO LIMITS" is my latest adventure. I wanted to explore doing some different things with my music and not limit myself to one genre or style of playing". Colionne teamed up with two Grammy-award winning writers for the CD: Jim Peterik who wrote "The Eye Of The Tiger", the theme from the film "Rocky", and Paul Richmond who wrote "Shining Star" for the Manhattans. From this collaboration came three great vocal tracks - the soulful and romantic "Melting Into You", the bluesy "Hard Line" and the R&B tinged "Anyway".
Colionne's live performances defy categorization. His shows incorporate all the music he loves best and the influences he's had throughout his career. You are as likely to hear Nick sing the blues or some heartfelt R&B as you are to hear his blazing jazz licks, or even the hint of metal, recalling the beginning of his career as a heavy metal guitarist. From that diverse musicality comes an incredible live performance that showcases the talent, vocal ability and yes, comedic timing, of this charismatic entertainer.
More About Colionne
Coming of age on Chicago's West Side, Colionne began playing professionally at age 15, and has performed with legendary R&B icons Natalie Cole, Al Green, The Impressions, Curtis Mayfield and The Staples Singers. The recipient of the Malcolm 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 12 years to mentoring children at a suburban Chicago K-8 school.
Nick Colionne is an endorsee for Epiphone Guitars and Gibson Strings & Accessories as well as prestigious clothier Stacy Adams and is featured in both of their national advertising campaigns.
According to Nick, "The most exciting part of all of this for me is that I am actually living my dream, getting a chance to perform for people around the world, 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 is the host of the popular radio program "Keepin' It Cool with Nick Colionne" heard daily on SmoothJazzNow.com, and recently spearheaded a national fund raising campaign to benefit breast cancer research and awareness in conjunction with Wine and Jazz Magazine that raised significant donations for The Pair Tree Foundation, a partner with The 3 Day Walk which benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Colionne's busy tour schedule in 2009 year took him to multiple US cities, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. Much to the delight of his many fans, he ends this year's multi-city holiday tour in Philadelphia with this special New Year's Eve performance.
New Year's Eve Event Information
Special "singles" and "couples" package pricing is available (dinner, the Nick Colionne concert, a special silent auction to benefit "The Little Rock Foundation" , an after party with Philadelphia's ZOE and optional hotel accommodations/New Year's Day Breakfast).
Reservations/Tickets: Call Embassy Suites Hotel, Philadelphia International Airport at 1-215 - 365-4500 & ask for the Nick Colionne New Year's Special.
Event is brought to you by: Michael Tozzi's ijazzglobal.com
Sponsored by: Allstate Insurance and Golden Nugget Jewelers. Sponsorship Opportunities: Contact: Michael Tozzi at 610 324-9314.
Visit Nick Colionne's Website, www.nickcolionne.com
Media & Press Inquiries for Nick Colionne
Christine Clark, 610-918-3252
Media Manager, On The Edge Productions
Photography credits: Cary Gillaspie, Scenic Jazz Photography; Bettie Grace Miner, Miner Works of Art
Special note to www.smoothvibes.com visitors:
Having seen Nick Colionne numerous times since he first came to Reading, PA, I can say without a doubt his is always a stellar show with lots of fan connection, unbelievable guitar playing along with an excellent band, and most of all the chance to meet Nick, himself, who is as fun, friendly and kind as he is debonair. If you can attend this event, you will surely join the ranks of us who already know this will be a magical holiday happening.
Hope you can be there!