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Mon Jan 3, 2022, 11:40 PM

Nick Colionne, smooth jazz guitarist, dies on New Year's Day at 55

Nick Colionne, a smooth jazz artist known for his guitar skills and his colorful suits and hats, died unexpectedly Saturday at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Elgin, Illinois, according to his publicist. He was 55.

The artist's team remembered Colionne as an "ultra-stylish" urban jazz star who released a string of independent albums in the 1990s before gaining prominence on the global jazz scene in the early 2000s.

Over the course of his career, Colionne hit No. 1 on Billboard's smooth jazz airplay chart eight times, and he was the only smooth jazz artist with five No. 1 hits from a single album, 2016's "The Journey."

Fellow musicians publicly mourned Colionne, known to many of them as "Uncle Nick."

"This man took me under his wing like a nephew," musician Bee Boisseau wrote in an Instagram post. "Sharp dressed ... AT ALL TIMES! And he could play that daggone guitar!!! So much fun to be around ... so much wisdom ... such talent! I am better for knowing him."

At: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2022/01/02/nick-colionne-smooth-jazz-guitarist-dies-new-years-day/9071414002/



Smooth jazz guitarist Nick Colionne, 1966-2022.

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Mon Jan 3, 2022, 11:58 PM

1. So young

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Response to Shell_Seas (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 12:05 AM

2. And Ted Nugent? Still with us.

Oh, well.



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Tue Jan 4, 2022, 05:37 AM

3. Thanks for posting. Guess I'm way out of touch. He's from...

the Wes Montgomery/George Benson/Earl Klugh school. Wish I had known about him before now. RIP.

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Tue Jan 4, 2022, 06:33 AM

4. This is sad news. I found this concerning the state of Nick's health but there's no

definite word about the cause of death.

>He was hospitalized Dec. 31 "with some pain" and died early the next morning at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Elgin, Illinois, according to a news release provided to USA TODAY by representative Christine Clark.<

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2022/01/02/nick-colionne-smooth-jazz-guitarist-dies-new-years-day/9071414002/

There's other text at the link and a great photo of Nick with two beautiful guitars.

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