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R.I.P. Nick Colionne

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Obituary
NICHOLAUS “NICK” COLIONNE
August 19, 1953 - January 1, 2022
Internationally-known Jazz Guitarist Nick Colionne of Chicago, Illinois passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2022. Nick achieved contemporary jazz stardom in the early 2000s, and, since that time has been one of the genre’s most dynamic and tireless live performers. Nick was known for his wit, charisma and incredible sense of style. Nick performed at major music festivals and in other top venues both in the United States and abroad, as well as headlining on smooth jazz cruises. As a teen, Nick honed his performance skills gigging with The Staples Singers, The Impressions, Curtis Mayfield and Natalie Cole.
Over the course of his career, Nick released 11 albums, scoring 8 #1 Billboard Hits and 17 Top Ten Billboard Hits. Nick had the distinct achievement of being the only artist in the history of the contemporary jazz genre to score 5 #1 hits from a single album.
Nick was beloved for his compassion and caring nature; he considered his fans, friends, fellow musicians and artists as his extended family. When not touring or composing, fishing was his favorite pastime.
Nick received numerous honors including The Wave’s International Instrumental Artist of the Year Award and the 2010 American Smooth Jazz Awards Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award for his ongoing commitment to mentoring youth and his work in the community and nationally in support of breast cancer causes. He also received the 1996 Malcom X College Alumnus of the Year Award, having earned his degree there in music. Nick devoted much of his spare time over the past 25 years to mentoring children at St. Laurence K-8 School in Elgin, Illinois. His roles included counseling, teaching music, computer music skills and guitar, and assisting with talent shows and holiday pageants.
Nick’s legacy will live on in his music and the life lessons he taught us.
Beloved husband to Susan Turas (nee Sieder); loving father of Daryl (Zella) Curry and Nicole (Dathan) Brown; proud grandfather of Dareece, Dayjuan, Damari, Paris, Darryl Jr and 2 great grandchildren; cherished son of Juanita Brown (nee Williams) and the late Nick Toler; dear brother of Willie (Renea) Toler Jr; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews; caring nephew of Wilma Roach; close cousin of Wendy, Dani, Derrick and Barry.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org or Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org are appreciated.
Service Details
Visitation (Open to the public)
Monday, January 10th, 2022 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory
950 South Bartlett Road
Bartlett, IL
Service (Private)
Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 11:00am
Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory
950 South Bartlett Road
Bartlett, IL

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