Nick Colionne is embracing the success of his ninth and most recent album, “The Journey,” and has already begun to share the music through his engaging performances. When I spoke to Nick, he was in Florida getting ready for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. Nick collaborated with Najee, James Lloyd, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, John “Blaster” Blasucci, and Nicholas Cole on “The Journey” which engulfs and delivers the varying styles of each musician. Colionne’s career has been a journey of highs and lows, he admits, and this album represents and reflects that journey. Nick maintains that he is thankful and blessed for the gift of music and hopes to continually make his family and fans proud.
Spring: the perfect time of year for renewal and reinvention. For Anne Walsh, that sense of renewal and redemption came in the form of her new recording aptly titled “Brand New.” The album was co-produced by her husband Tom Zink, a Grammy–nominated arranger–pianist. Together, they precisely arranged covers of music standards as well as new compositions. By placing distinct emphasis on stellar lyrics and musicianship, Zink and Walsh were able to capture the essence of true musicality. Just listening to Anne’s cover standards like “Nature Boy,” “Windmills Of Your Mind,” and “I Say A Little Prayer” reinforce the brilliance of her jazzy Brazilian voice. She poetically sang “Coisas Do Amor” entirely in Portuguese with bassist Cardoso. When asked what the formula was for the magic she and Tom make musically, Anne humbly replied “devotion and faith” amongst other things.
Anne and I discuss the significance of renewal and “Brand New:”