JANUARY 2013 New York City Based Composer, Instrumentalist, Bandleader & Educator To Showcase Album At CD Release Gig and The National Sunday Feb 10
With the January 22, 2013 release of “Exposition” (Outside In Music OIM 1201), trombonist Nick Finzer delivers a debut recording that announces in no uncertain terms the addition to the international jazz community of a virtuoso instrumentalist, versatile improviser and a composer with the ability to not only pay tribute to the illustrious jazz heritage that inspires him but also expand the tradition’s stylistic horizons.
At the helm of a dynamic young band featuring saxophonist Lucas Pino, guitarist Alex Wintz, pianist Samora Pinderhughes, bassist David Baron and drummer Jimmy Macbride – fellow emerging artists who are also adding their distinctive voices to New York City’s vibrant jazz scene – Finzer pays tribute to classic trombone-tenor quintets like those led by legendary jazz masters J.J. Johnson and Stan Getz and Curtis Fuller and Benny Golson as well as by his mentor Steve Turre. The addition of the guitar as both a melodic voice and a member of the rhythm section contributes a fresh new dimension to the music on the recording. In total Finzer premieres 10 original compositions he wrote between 2008 and 2012 on the CD, the initial release on his new label Outside In Music.
Finzer will showcase “Exposition” at a CD-release gig on Sunday February 10, 2013 at The National (50th Street & Lexington Avenue in New York City) with sets at 7 & 8:30 p.m.
ABOUT NICK FINZER
Trombonist / composer / bandleader and educator Nick Finzer (b. May 22, 1988 in Rochester, NY) earned a Master of Music in Jazz from The Juilliard School, where he studied under the tutelage of Steve Turre, in May 2012. He has been active as both a leader and a sideman in big band, small group and world music ensemble settings since settling in New York City in 2010. Finzer has performed with Frank Wess, Joe Lovano, Wycliffe Gordon, Jon Faddis, John Mosca and Antonio Ciacca among others at venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note Jazz Club and the Iridium. Finzer also tours with his groups across the U.S., presenting master classes, improvisation workshops, television, radio, and live performances. In 2011 he won the Eastern Trombone Workshop Jazz Trombone competition that culminated in a performance with the U.S. Army Blues alongside Steve Wiest, Jim Pugh and Bill Reichenbach. In 2010 the trombonist was chosen as a finalist in the International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition.
Finzer received a Bachelors Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in 2009. While at Eastman he performed with many of the musicians and bands that passed through the city including The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, John Clayton, Slide Hampton, Bill Dobbins and Walt Weiskopf. Also during that time Finzer developed a close relationship with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and via the Commission Project worked with Gordon between 2005 and 2009 to premiere four original pieces (two for sextet and two for big band) that led to an opportunity to present workshops for Rochester area music students featuring himself and Mr. Gordon.
Finzer currently serves as co-artistic director of the Institute For Creative Music (IFCM), a not- for-profit organization he co-founded in 2011. IFCM is dedicated to teaching and disseminating jazz and other creative musics by hosting workshops, master classes and residencies that he conducts at universities, high schools, middle schools and with community groups around the world.