Let’s say that your special someone can really keep a secret, so you don’t know where you’re headed. You think it might be a romantic movie or a nice dinner. In the car, you listen to smooth jazz selections, and before long, you arrive at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel. A smile passes between the two of you. Hand in hand, you make your way across the lobby, but you don’t end up at the desk. You go to the Montrose Room.
Your special other hustles you in because the show has already started. Taking a table near the back, you realize they’re in the middle of the first song. It’s something from a new album, so the tune is not familiar. You look to the stage and a thought crosses your mind.
“When did Steve Harvey decide to perform in one of his colorful suits, a really great fedora, playing a guitar?”
Suddenly you realize that you are not at a comedy show, you’re hearing jazz guitarist Nick Colionne!
Remembering what you read on Nick’s website, you smile as you whisper a quote that you saw.
“Nick is frequently referred to as ‘the best dressed man in jazz,' and he enjoys an on-going endorsement from the men's designer line Stacy Adams." Then you settle into enjoying the performance.
At the next break, your partner tells you Nick is Chicago born, he started playing at age nine and then went touring at fifteen with the Staple Singers. You reply that you know from his website that Nick also played with Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions and Natalie Cole. And Nick seems really fresh from playing and fishing in Florida. When the music starts again, you sip a drink and think, what a wonderful gift this is for the both of you.
After another song, you realize that this is his annual Valentine’s Day show for Smooth Chicago. You both agree that he sounds great. Then you wonder, with all the planning and secrecy, could there be another surprise in store? After all, you’re very close to O’Hare Airport. Hmm . . . . .
~Lydia Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our Smooth Video of the Day: Nick Colionne previews Valentine's night at the Montrose Room.