“I’m better at knowing him”

Jazz artist Nick Colonne has passed away.

Nick Column, a soft jazz artist known for his talents as a guitarist and colorful costumes and hats, died suddenly on Saturday, according to his publicist.

He was hospitalized on Dec. 31 “with some pain” and died early the next morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elgin, Ill., According to a press release provided to USA TODAY by Representative Christine Clark. . His age was unknown.

“We are devastated to lose Nick,” the Colonne team’s statement read. Tributes from Nick fans and other artists around the world tell the story of an extremely talented man who lived to the fullest and was clearly loved by all. Nick’s legacy will live on. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Nick’s family at this point. time. “

The artist’s team remembered Colonne as an “ultra-sleek” urban jazz star who released a series of independent albums in the 1990s before making his way onto the world stage of jazz in the early 2000s.

Over the course of his career, Colonne reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Streaming Chart eight times, and he was the only smooth jazz artist with five No.1 hits from a single album, “The Journey. “from 2016.

Other musicians publicly mourned Colonne, known to many as “Uncle Nick”.

“This man took me under his wing like a nephew,” writes musician Bee Boisseau in a Instagram post. “Dressed up very well … ANYTIME! And he could play that guitar in disguise !!! It’s so fun to be with … so much wisdom … such talent! I’m better at knowing him!” . “

Saxophonist Michael Lington, who had performed with Colionne several times since their meeting “many moons ago”, mourned the artist whom he nicknamed his “brother”.

“We all have the same experience with him, always fun and warm on and off the stage,” Lington tweeted.

Colonne’s latest album, “Finger Painting,” arrived in April 2020. He had a new project in the works “in recent months,” his publicist said. His album “Just Like That” is expected this spring.

He had planned several tour dates in 2022, including three cruises to Curacao in January and February.

Apart from his own recording career, the artist has received numerous honors, including the Malcolm X College Alumnus of the Year Award in 1996. He has spent the past 20 years mentoring children in a suburban school in her hometown of Chicago and received the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award at the 2010 National Smooth Jazz Awards for her community work and support for the causes of breast cancer.

Funeral arrangements will be announced this week.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Death of Nick Colonne: Smooth Jazz guitarist dies on New Year’s Day

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