Nick Vayenas

Primary Instrument: Trombone

Nick Vayenas

Trombonist, trumpeter and composer Nick Vayenas is a forward-thinking musician who incorporates different styles of music into the jazz idiom. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Vayenas started his music studies with trombone and piano at age 12. He has since become an accomplished trumpeter and vocalist.

Since 2003, Nick Vayenas has been a long-standing touring band member for Grammy® Award-winning recording artist Michael Bublé. Vayenas has performed on several Bublé recordings, including Crazy Love and the Grammy® Award- winning Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden.

In 2009, Vayenas became a leader in his own right, releasing his critically acclaimed debut album, Synesthesia, on drummer Kendrick Scott’s World Culture Music label. “A well conceived album and more than casually ambitious”, wrote Nate Chinen of the New York Times. In 2012, he returned with his sophomore release, Nick Vayenas, on Whirlwind Recordings. The recording displayed his astonishing breadth of skills on vocals, trumpet and trombone, as well as his unique composing and arranging style. “One of the most impressive of Whirlwind issues, showcasing a multi-talented individual likely to appeal to a wide constituency of jazz fans, 4 stars”, said Jazz Journal....
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“A young composer finding a new sound all his own.” – Jazz Times Magazine

“This album is well conceived and more than casually ambitious.” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times

“This is one of the most impressive of recent Whirlwind issues, showcasing a multi-talented individual likely to appeal to a wide constituency of jazz fans, 4 stars.” - Jazz Journal

“Mr. Vayenas is a man of many talents – he plays tasty trumpet, fulsome trombone and he sings too...this is a very well played album...Stardust is effective – the highish vocal is suave and smooth against a more urgent Lionel Loueke and percussion rhythm. Add some nicely accented phrasing and a richly melodic trombone solo and the standard tune meets Vayenas’s contemporary attitudes in accord...the band is classy.” - Jazz Breakfast

“His brass work and arrangements are stellar, this fine band is right in step with him and he's beginning to discover the power of connecting with an audience through not only the strength of his playing but also with the words he sings.” - Step Tempest

“Vayenas and company's endeavors will surely give adventurous music fans something to look forward to.” - Greg Camphire, All About Jazz

“I continue to wait and watch what he will do next.” – Terence Blanchard

“I predict we will hear more of this young man on any one, or all four of his talents” - Bebop Spoken Here

“Vayenas has got a great, identifiable sound that is all his own” - The Entertainment Bank

“Vayenas is anything but another jazz musician; he’s a musician that’s willing to cross bridges into new musical territory, and doesn’t hold anything back.” – Kevin Eagan, BlogCritics Magazine

“One is easily seduced into this music. He is developing his own voice and the future looks extremely promising” – Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant “A valiant opening salvo for a new musician on the scene whose star should rise quickly.” – Michael G.Nastos, All Music Guide

“There's a definite reverence to fifties Chet Baker vocals and trumpet playing on 'Nick Vayenas.' Added is Nick's trombone versatility, as well, making this CD special. “ - The Voice 88.7 FM - Sacramento, CA

“Vivid music mixed with great trumpet, trombone and vocal skills...'Nick Vayenas' is a pleasure to listen to, with great variation throughout its eight tracks” - Jazz & Blues Tour, ASFM 105.4, The Netherlands

Some Other Time (Whirlwind Recordings, 2013)
Nick Vayenas (Whirlwind Recordings, 2012)

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