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Nick Vayenas

Trombonist, trumpeter, and composer Nick Vayenas has been a mainstay on the music scene for the past 15 years.  Based in New York City, Nick has worked in a variety of settings both as a sideman and leader.  Originally from Boston, Vayenas started his music studies at age 12.  He earned scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute, which were key to his technical development as a musician and composer.  Vayenas studied with such jazz luminaries as trombonists Hal Crook, Conrad Herwig, Bill Watrous, David Taylor, Phil Wilson, and Steve Turre, as well as trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Greg Hopkins, and Vince Penzarella.

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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

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