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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.

Since 2003, Nick has been a member of the horn for section for Grammy® Award-winning recording artist Michael Bublé. He has performed on several Michael Bublé recordings, including Crazy Love, Nobody But Me, and the Grammy® Award- winning Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden.  Nick has also worked and recorded with prominent artists such as Josh Groban, Bryan Adams, David Foster, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Scott, Aaron Parks, Lionel Loueke, Patrick Cornelius, Dayna Stephens, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard and Gretchen Parlato. Television performances include the Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, Today Show, Oprah, Ellen and Saturday Night Live. He has performed at the Umbria Jazz, Montreal Jazz, and St. Lucia Jazz Festivals, and at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Blue Note Jazz Club and Ronnie Scott's.  Nick is also a sought after teacher and clinician and has given workshops around the world on behalf of Conn/Selmer musical instruments.  

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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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Some Other Time

Whirlwind Recordings
2013

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Synesthesia

World Culture Music
2008

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Assembly Line

From: Some Other Time
By Nick Vayenas

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