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NYC based Trumpeter, Trombonist, Vocalist, and Composer. Member of singer Michael Buble's band.
After years of juggling life as a creative musician on the NYC scene to touring the globe as a sidekick to Michael Buble, one of the music industry’s biggest stars, Nick Vayenas is ready to step once again into the spotlight as a musician of style and substance. With his latest solo album, the self-titled Nick Vayenas, Nick displays an astonishing breadth of skill, featuring himself on Vocals, Trumpet, and Trombone. However impressive the tools at his disposal are, they’re merely in service of the mature, unique voice that brings them to life.
Nick Vayenas builds on the vision demonstrated on Nick’s critically acclaimed 2009 debut album Synesthesia, which featured none other than Aaron Parks, Patrick Cornelius, Matt Brewer, Gretchen Parlato, and Kendrick Scott, and was notable for its blending of live acoustic performances with electronic sounds, for its compelling conceptual purity, and for featuring Vayenas’ virtuosic mastery of the trombone. This latest album frames Vayenas’ talents more solidly within the Jazz and American songbook traditions. It also shows more sides of his personality, giving fully equal attention to new workings of classic material mixed with original compositions. For his new album, Nick eschews a compositional narrative thread, presenting a more complete representation of his musicianship. “I wanted to make an unpretentious record,” Nick explains. “I like music that grooves hard, has strong melodic content, and exposes the listener to various moods and emotions.“
Vayenas’ evolution as an artist reflects a life in and of music. He seamlessly straddles both the commercial music industry and the more “creative” jazz and improvised music world, having worked comfortably with international pop superstars like Michael Buble and Josh Groban, and respected New York jazz artists like Kendrick Scott, Dayna Stephens, Blue Note recording artist Lionel Loueke (a long time collaborator) and Patrick Cornelius alike. He is equally at home performing in intimate New York jazz clubs such as The Jazz Gallery and The Blue Note and in huge arenas making music for tens of thousands such as the O2 Center in London, and his years spent touring the globe and paying his dues in the music scene have prepared him for the most musically personal statement of his life so far. Nick Vayenas releases June 2012 on Whirlwind Recordings. For more information, please see: www.nickvayenas.com
Nick Vayenas is a Conn-Selmer artist.
“A young composer finding a new sound all his own.” --JazzTimes
“Synesthesia is well conceived and more than casually ambitious.” -- Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“A resourceful young improviser.” -- Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“A valiant opening salvo for a new musician on the scene whose star should rise quickly.” -- Michael Nastos, All Music Guide
“Vayenas and company's endeavors will surely give adventurous music fans something to look forward to -- Greg Camphire, All About Jazz