Although his smooth guitar performance and energetic stage image attract fans, Nick Corleone has balanced his dedication to teaching and mentoring students during his more than 20 years of professional career. In the 1990s, with his debut “My Turn”, Colionne established himself in the Chicago area based on the affectionate jazz style of icons such as Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Grover Washington. Popular status. At the same time, he balances his love of music with his commitment to teaching, working with K-8 students in his hometown of Elgin, Illinois. Over the years, he has won praise for these two pursuits, including winning the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award in 2010, and topping the smooth jazz charts with his Feel the Heat album the following year.
At the request of his stepfather, Corleone picked up the guitar when he was nine years old.
At the age of 15, he became a professional touring artist and spent most of his youth on the road, touring with legendary bands such as Staple Singers, Curtis Mayfield, and the Impressions. Although music is his passion, education is also Colionne’s main focus. After graduating from high school, he graduated from Malcolm X College in Chicago and became an elementary school teacher. In addition to acting, he has worked as a music teacher and instructor at St. Lawrence Elementary School in Elgin, Illinois for more than 15 years. In 1996, due to his continuous dedication to mentoring students, he won the Malcolm X Academy Alumni Award from his alma mater.
Apart from teaching, Colionne continued to pursue his music career, releasing some smooth jazz and funk style works, including 1996’s Arrival, 1999’s The Seduction and 2003’s Just Come on In.
Colionne then signed with Narada in the 2006 Keepin’ It Cool, and won the International Instrumental Artist of the Year at the 2007 Wave Jazz Awards (following Chris Botti the year before). Then he moved to Koch to participate in the 2008 popular Unlimited.
Touring when he was not teaching and mentoring, he built a strong following in Europe. In 2010, he was nominated as Guitarist of the Year and Artist of the Year by the American Smooth Jazz Music Awards, and won the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award for his continuous efforts in guiding children and supporting the cause of breast cancer. Also in 2010, he signed with Trippin’N’ Rhythm Records and made his debut on the label with Feel the Heat the following year; it topped the smooth jazz radio charts.
Influence then appeared in 2014. Its first single “Got to Keep Moving” reached the top of the playing charts and entered the dance club. Guests on the album include Maysa and James Lloyd. His third album for Trippin’N’ Rhythm was The Journey, which was released in April 2016, followed by Just Being Me in 2018.