Vijay Tellis-Nayak

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Music StyleJazz, Pop, Rock, R&B

Event TypesCocktail Music, Dinner Music, Dance Music


Vijay has his bachelors in music, masters in Communications and has completed post-graduate work in Communications from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He gained national recognition while still in grammar school for orchestral compositions that won the Eastern Illinois University Young Composers Competition three years in a row and in high school won the prestigious Concerto Contest at Oak Park River Forest High School. As a member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians union, Vijay has played in the orchestra pit for the ‘Lion King’ at Chicago’s Cadillac Theatre, ‘Wicked’ at the Ford Oriental Theatre and ‘Imagine Tap’ at the Harris Theatre in Millennium Park. Vijay is a member of the original fusion band, ‘Kick The Cat’.

Other performance credits include: multi-Grammy winning trumpeter, Randy Brecker; Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress, Jennifer Hudson; and Grammy award winner, Howard Levy. In January of 2007 Vijay opened for James Taylor at Joe’s Pub in New York City as part of the Emerging Artist Series sponsored by the New York Times. He performs regularly in Chicago’s top venues including the Green Mill, Green Dolphin Street, House of Blues and the Jazz Showcase. In addition to performing, Vijay is an accomplished engineer, producer, composer, and plays multiple instruments, including guitar, keyboards, organ and bass. He records and produces many bands and songwriters in his recording studio, Transient Sound.


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