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  • 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
    Castaways by date
    Betto Arcos
    10 Aug
    Tiffany Austin
    29 Jun
    Amy Cervini
    13 Jul
    George Cotsirilos
    09 Feb
    Steve Dalachinsky
    13 Apr
    Roberta Donnay
    12 Oct
    Joel Dorham
    16 Nov
    Kait Dunton
    25 May
    Nick Finzer
    20 Apr
    Sameer Gupta
    17 Aug
    Ed Klitsch
    05 Jan
    Will Magid
    09 Nov
    Sarah McKenzie
    03 Aug
    Arianna Neikrug
    24 Aug
    Terry Robb
    19 Oct
    Nick Rossi
    28 Sep
    Lynn Speakman
    27 Jul
    Andy Stein
    30 Mar
    Tate Swindell
    27 Apr