It is with a heavy heart that I play this week’s closing song. Sadly a superstar in Smooth Jazz passed away unexpectedly far too young on New Year's Day. We must try to live every day, as he did, to the fullest. Guitarist Nick Colionne was at the height of his career. Having scored eight Billboard Smooth Jazz number ones, his electrifying performances were in much demand. He was enjoying a very heavy performance schedule at high profile venues. In the new year he was scheduled to perform on several cruises in January and February and on the Dave Koz and Friends cruise in May. In addition Colionne was scheduled to release a brand new album this spring that hopefully was completed before his untimely death. Colionne was well known for his sharp attire and his nifty hats. As a well known artist in addition to his music he gave back to his community. He spent the past 20 years mentoring children at a school in the suburbs of his hometown, Chicago, and received the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award at the 2010 National Smooth Jazz Awards for his community work and his support of breast cancer causes. A resident of Chicago his nickname was the big windy cat but to his close friends he was affectionately called Uncle Nick. Our closing song in remembrance of this great man is the guitar of Nick Colionne’s mega hit Uncle Nick.
The second hour of next week’s program will be a tribute to Nick Colionne, with remembrances and music.
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