Colionne recently dropped by
Guitar & Music in Park Ridge, Illinois for a clinic. Here's what
Jerry Percak had to say about this event that took place at his store:
I knew that Nick Colionne was a great player, hearing
him often on local jazz station WNUA, and checking out his CD but I was
pleasantly surprised by his ability to host an
excellent clinic. It's one thing to be able to play well but quite another
to be able to convey those techniques and dedication so eloquently and Nick
was able to do so very well.
Nick diggin' Luke Kapolneks
version of "Christmas Song"!
The clinic started with Nick playing a few tunes, and
then he invited some of the younger students to the stage. First up was Luke
Kapolnek, a ten-year old student of mine. For Christmas, Luke and I had recorded
the "Christmas Song" and burned a CD to give to his father. When Nick called
Luke up, he walked confidently to the stage, picked up Nick's
Broadway, and played the song flawlessly. You can tell from the expression
on Nick's face that he was impressed.
Nathan Kossnar and Peter
Knudsen jam while Nick checks it out.
Nick interacting with Rich
Nick jams with John
Nick poses with some happy,
young guitar players!.
Over twelve kids were invited to play. Nick had insightful
suggestions for each, and played along with several
of the kids. I think they will not soon forget
the thrill of being on stage with Nick Colionne. Nick was kind and
supportive to all the kids, even young Mary who had begun
lessons only three weeks before. He has a magnetic personality which drew
kids up to play.
During a short break, Nick signed copies of his CD
for anyone who asked. He was gracious to all. Nick
stressed the importance of getting a good education, regardless of how
good one may play the guitar. "You won't make much money
if you don't know how to count it."
Nick is joined by Tom Crivellone
of Two For The Blues.
Joining Nick on stage next was Tom Crivellone, frontman
for Two for the Blues. The two of them tore it up. They were soon joined
by Les Csuk, and Joe Brown. Les is another local guitar slinger who can really
smoke. Joe brown plays saxophone and flute in Tom's band.
L to R: Joe Brown, Tom
Crivellone, Nick and Les Csuk.
Nick and guitarist Les Csuk
wow the audience.
Hearing them all play together truly reinforced Nick's
idea of how to play in a group, and how to listen to the other players. It
was not just taking turns, but finding the spaces to fit in. Nick is a generous
player, as are Tom and Les, so it made for some awesome music.
I have never been to a clinic and left so inspired.
I had the parents of four different kids make a special trip to the store
to thank me for having Nick. It was indeed my pleasure. I would recommend
any store which carries Epiphone to have Nick conduct
a clinic. This is a Don't Miss event.
J Guitar & Music
130 Euclid Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Jerry Percak of J Guitar