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    Maxwell Chandler
    05 Dec
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    21 Nov
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    14 Nov
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    08 Nov
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    24 Oct
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    17 Oct
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    10 Oct
    Al Young
    26 Sep
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    19 Sep
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    29 Aug
    Ken Berman
    15 Aug
    Jeff Ballard
    08 Aug
    Sylvia Cuenca
    01 Aug
    Tootie Heath
    25 Jul
    Dayna Stephens
    18 Jul
    Brian Melvin
    27 Jun
    David Belove
    20 Jun
    Terry Disley
    02 May
    Craig Handy
    18 Apr
    Wally Schnalle
    11 Apr
    Myra Melford
    04 Apr
    Dred Scott
    21 Mar
    Lee Bloom
    14 Mar
    Laurie Antonioli
    29 Feb
    Ali Ryerson
    08 Feb
    Taylor Eigsti
    18 Jan
    Jeff Cressman
    04 Jan
    Most Recent Castaway - 20th April, 2018
    Nick Finzer (2018)

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    Trombonist, composer, and arranger Nick Finzer was born in Rochester, New York into a musical family: his mother, Sherry, is a life-long classical and contemporary-music flautist.

    At elementary school, Nick decided on drums, and then on trumpet; but, his being tall for his age, he was given the trombone. He grew to love, first, the sound of the instrument, and later, at high school, the music of Duke Ellington after participating in the Essentially Ellington competition of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Music was to be his life's pursuit.

    Nick was mentored by Wycliffe Gordon at Rochester's own Eastman School of Music (Wycliffe even wrote a few pieces for him), and later by Steve Turré at Julliard, where Nick got his master's degree. He's received several awards for composition, among them the ASCAP Herb Alpert Award for young composers in both 2013 and 2015.

    Nick has done a lot of globe-trotting, too, not only on his own projects, but also as part of Anat Cohen’s Tentet. He's part of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Lucas Pino’s No Net Nonet, Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project, and Bob Stewart’s Double Quartet, to name a few.

    Nick is a big advocate of YouTube for education, talking about composition, performing and arranging, and he also has his own company for media company and recording label, Outside In Music.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 J.J. Johnson J.J. In Person Laura Columbia
    # 2 Herbie Hancock Speak Like a Child Riot Blue Note
    # 3 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra Blues in Orbit Sweet and Pungent Columbia
    # 4 Chick Corea Now He Sings, Now He Sobs Matrix Blue Note
    # 5 Wycliffe Gordon Slidin' Home Amazing Grace Nagel Heyer
    # 6 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra New Orleans Suite Portrait of Mahalia Jackson Atlantic
    # 7 Michael Brecker Wide Angles Broadband Verve
    # 8 Pat Metheny Bright Size Life Bright Size Life ECM
    Book The Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, "The Art of Happiness"
    Luxury Item A camera