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    Gildo Mahones
    22 Nov
    Earl R. Johnson jr
    08 Nov
    Sugar Pie DeSanto
    01 Nov
    Kathy Kosins
    25 Oct
    Doug Miller
    18 Oct
    Diane Witherspoon
    27 Sep
    Karen Marguth
    30 Aug
    Frank Tusa
    23 Aug
    Paul Hanson
    16 Aug
    Scotty Barnhart
    09 Aug
    Joe Gilman
    26 Jul
    Dr Lonnie Smith
    19 Jul
    Tony Monaco
    28 Jun
    Michael O'Neill
    21 Jun
    Nolan Gasser
    14 Jun
    Michael Manring
    31 May
    Tim Garland
    26 Apr
    Molly Holm
    19 Apr
    Ben Sidran
    12 Apr
    Marlena Shaw
    29 Mar
    Remy Le Boeuf
    15 Mar
    Lua Hadar
    08 Mar
    Ben Goldberg
    01 Mar
    Stephanie Nakasian
    18 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