Multi-award Winning, Internationally Known Louis Colaiannia Releases Crowd Pleasing "The Next Stage"

Colorado native, Louis Colaiannia, has a new hit album mixing jazz, pop, new age, rock and classical – a real smorgasbord for long-time listeners and new fans across the globe
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DENVER - Sept. 3, 2013 - PRLog -- World-renowned musician, Louis Colaiannia, has a new hit album, “The Next Stage” that smooth piano and ensemble jazz listeners can’t hear enough.

The Next Stage is an album I am very proud of because of the way the music has progressed,” Colaiannia said.

He also is humbled by the musical talent that is showcased.  “I am so proud to be joined by such amazing musicians on this album,” he said.

Here are just some of the comments from well known reviewers:

Kathy Parsons,

QUOTE: The Next Stage, Louis Colaiannia /2013/Louis Colaiannia 36’23” I think The Next Stage is pianist/composer Louis Colaiannia’s most exciting and vibrant release to date. Mixing jazz, pop, new age, rock, and classical elements into a unique and tasty musical stew, Colaiannia has created a collection of nine diverse pieces that range from light and soothing to big and bold...Overall, if I had to categorize the album as a whole, I’d call it smooth jazz since there are intricate rhythms and elements of improvisation but no rough edges or jarring discordances. The Next Stage opens with “City’Scapes,” a piece that first appeared as a single release in 2010. The full jazz combo with piano, guitars, bass, vibes, sax, flute, and percussion set a groove that is cool and breezy yet intense - a very nice start! “Obsession” is slinky and sultry with a smoky sax and sparkling piano backed by a leisurely beat that can mesmerize. “Ramp It Up” kicks up the energy level and runs with it in a mood of light-hearted fun... Colaiannia’s flying fingers were obviously a real crowd pleaser at the performance! It also appeared on Colaiannia’s 2011 Keys Of Christmas, but not as a piano solo. If you are looking for some smooth piano and ensemble jazz,check out The Next Stage at, Amazon, iTunes, or CD Baby. UNQUOTE.

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Only out for less than a month, The Next Stage is having a tremendous impact.  Another review from Bill Binkelman, Zone Music Reporter:

QUOTE:  LOUIS COLAIANNIA/The Next Stage/Pianist/keyboard player Louis Colaiannia takes the listener through a landscape of jazz and adult contemporary instrumental selections on his release, The Next Stage. Much of the time working with an ensemble (usually on the jazz tunes) and sometimes going solo (using synthesizers to add strings, rhythms, and other accompaniment), Colaiannia displays his talent and versatility across a swath of styles and motifs, really cutting loose on some of the jazz tunes, as well as showing his musical persona's classical side as well (on the delicate, neo-classical and whimsical "Adam's Light")... All in all, this "next stage" in the artist's discography is worthwhile listening. UNQUOTE.

Music and Media Focus has also written a review.  An excerpt from Michael Diamond. QUOTE: The music of Louis Colaiannia (coal-ee-AH-nah) is like a tree – with many branches, as well as deep roots. Spreading out from a foundation of classical music with influences of Mozart and Beethoven, Louis’ current sound has grown into the genres of contemporary instrumental, jazz, new age, chill, world music, and more. His latest release entitled The Next Stage brings all these elements together into a unique blend that can be both relaxing and energizing at the same time…For Louis, the title references the complete devotion one has for their passion in life, in his case, music. The tune features a sultry slow groove, with the beat and rhythm guitar, suggesting a quasi-reggae feel on the beginning and ending sections. Various movements and motifs unfold throughout the piece. On the appropriately titled “Ramp It Up,” earthy conga drums kick off the most upbeat song on the album. Latin jazz rhythms provide the propulsion for the ensemble to soar in this high-flying cruiser. UNQUOTE.  Read more at this link:


Please find this video sampler, produced by Michael Diamond, of 5 songs from The Next Stage.


Colaiannia is a virtuoso of classical piano, accomplished songwriter, arranger and performer.

Louis holds a Mozart Award for his contributions to music, and his latest release, Obsession, continues to show his versatility.

He is a Primo Award winner two years in a row (2011 and 2012) for Italian American Entertainer of the Year and was recently inducted into the Colorado Italian American Hall of Fame 2012. He performs at the Festival Italiano every year on the main stage.

He has performed at Keystone Jazz Festival, Woodland Park Jazz Festival and Copper Mountain Jazz Festival.

Colaiannia is hosting a radio show packed with Smooth AC to New Age/Ambient music and guest appearances. Catch the show via the internet ( or at KYGT (102.7 FM).

When Colaiannia isn’t busy writing, arranging or performing, he’s usually found working on a nonprofit radio station in support of the Global Youth Music Project.  For more information, go to


Denver based with a strong group of fans, Colaiannia is proud of his  family’s legacy to the Rocky Mountain state.  His great grandfather and grandmother came from Italy and settled in Denver and the family has been here since.  “My family has been in Denver over 100 years,” he said.

Colaiannia was born in Denver, went to Denver Public Schools K-12, then University of Colorado at Denver, followed by my doctorate from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

“I studied piano first with Delome Kerstner in Denver (Starting at age 5), then I studied with the pianist from the Denver Symphony (it was Denver at the time) Kathleen Joiner, then finally with the head of piano from University of Denver, Lamont School of Music, Bill Sible.

Louis credits his success to sage advice given by his parents, Louis & Rose Colaiannia. “Mom always told me that if and when I ever set my sights on something, I should never quit…and Dad told me that I need to realize that everyone gets knocked down in life, but the successful get back up.”

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