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Nick Finzer

Award winning musician Nick Finzer is a jazz trombonist and composer whose musical prowess is firmly planted with one foot in the past and another leading to the future. In January of 2013 Nick released his recording debut as a bandleader “Exposition” on his new label Outside in Music. “Exposition” presents Finzer’s unique musical lens, featuring ten original compositions that draw on the multifaceted influences that have shaped his musical development.

The onset of Nick’s love for jazz came through an exploration of Duke Ellington’s music during his high school years. Tunes like “Harlem Airshaft” and “In a Sentimental Mood” started him on an irreversible musical journey. These experiences culminated in a performance of Elllington’s music as part of the Essentially Ellington Festival hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center, which ignited Nick’s ambition to move to New York City to play music.

During this time Finzer also came under the tutelage of former Jazz at Lincoln Center Trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon. This relationship developed into a four year commission project in which Gordon wrote four pieces to feature Nick during his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. While studying at Eastman, Nick was able to play with many musicians who came through Rochester, New York including engagements with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Walt Weiskopf, John Clayton and Slide Hampton.

Since moving to New York City in 2010, Finzer has completed a Masters Degree from The Juilliard School, shared the stage with the likes of Frank Wess at Dizzy’s Club, Lew Tabackin and Terrell Stafford at The Blue Note, and continues to lead his own bands both around the city and across the country. While at Juilliard Nick had the opportunity to work with many mentors including Frank Kimbrough, Carl Allen, Ray Drummond, and studied under jazz trombone innovator, Steve Turre.

Nick was selected as a finalist in the 2010 International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition and in 2011 was the winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Jazz Trombone Competition, where he performed alongside Jim Pugh, Bill Reichenbach, and Steve Wiest.

Finzer is also a committed educator. In 2012 Nick’s new Non Profit, the Institute for Creative Music won a “Great Classrooms” grant award from the Plum Creek Foundation. Nick currently serves as Co-Artistic Director for the Institute for Creative Music, which is dedicated to the education and dissemination of jazz and creative music across the nation. Since IfCM’s founding in 2011 Nick has lead workshops, masterclasses, and residencies spanning from coast to coast.

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Primary Instrument

Trombone

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Master of Music, The Juilliard School, 2012 Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music, 2009 Private Lesson Rate: $75/hr

Clinic/Workshop Information

Nick Finzer is a 2012 graduate of the Juilliard Jazz program at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City. Prior to his education there, Nick earned a Bachelors degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Nick has been on the faculty at the Eastman Summer Jazz Camp, as well as Juilliard Jazz residencies at Snow College (Ephraim, UT) and in West Palm Beach, Florida

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Cast Of Characters

Outside in Music
2020

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Outside in Music Live...

Outside in Music
2019

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No Arrival

Posi-Tone Records
2018

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That's a Computer

Outside in Music
2018

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Hear & Now

Outside in Music
2017

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The Chase

Origin Records
2015

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We're More Than the Sum of Our Influences

From: Cast Of Characters
By Nick Finzer

The Guru

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By Nick Finzer

... the Alternative

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By Nick Finzer

You'll Never Know ...

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By Nick Finzer

Venus

From: Cast Of Characters
By Nick Finzer

The Weatherman

From: Cast Of Characters
By Nick Finzer

(Take the) Fork in the Road

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By Nick Finzer

A Duke

From: Cast Of Characters
By Nick Finzer

... Patience

From: Cast Of Characters
By Nick Finzer

Patience...

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By Nick Finzer

Brutus, the Contemporary

From: Cast Of Characters
By Nick Finzer

... Perspective

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By Nick Finzer

Evolution of ...

From: Cast Of Characters
By Nick Finzer

A Sorcerer (is a myth)

From: Cast Of Characters
By Nick Finzer

Antiquity

From: That's a Computer
By Nick Finzer

Love Wins

From: Hear and Now
By Nick Finzer

Life Happens

From: The Chase
By Nick Finzer

Alternate Agenda

From: Exposition
By Nick Finzer

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