Born: May 22, 1988
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. ...
Awards2011 Eastern Trombone Workshop National Jazz Trombone Competition Winner 2010 Finalist, Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition
New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Master of Music, The Juilliard School, 2012 Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music, 2009 Private Lesson Rate: $75/hr
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. Additionally, Nick has been a guest artist/soloist at Fairport High School, Webster Schroeder High School (with Wycliffe Gordon), and Hilton High School (with Wycliffe Gordon). While in Rochester, NY Nick served on the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School teaching jazz trombone from 2007 - 2010. Concurrently, Nick hosted a private teaching studio of students ranging from elementary to college level and beyond. Nick currently serves as Co-Artistic Director for the Institute for Creative Music, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to the education and dissemination of jazz and creative music across the United States and around the world. The Institute for Creative Music hosts workshops, masterclasses, and residencies which Nick helps to lead at universities, high schools, middle schools, and with community groups. For more information about the Institute for Creative Music, please visit www.ifcmusic.org Nick is currently available for clinics, masterclasses and guest artist appearances. Please email Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote. Nick also offers lessons via Skype, please visit Nick’s online store to find out more about and to purchase lessons. Prior Workshops: Penn State University (State College, PA) Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) Whitworth University (Spokane, WA) Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA) Mt Spokane High School (Mead, WA) Shadle Park High School (Spokane, WA) Basha High School (Chandler, AZ) Centennial High School (Peoria, AZ) St Mary’s High School (Phoenix, AZ) Kyrene Middle Schools (Phoenix, AZ) MusicMakers Music Studios (Phoenix, AZ) Webster Schroeder High School (Rochester, NY) Greece Athena High School (Rochester, NY) The Harley School (Rochester, NY) Dryden High School (Ithaca, NY) Columbia Falls High School (Columbia Falls, MT) Flathead High School (Kalispell, MT) Lincoln County High School (Eureka, MT) Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA) Clinic/Lecture Topics jazz improvisation composition/arranging trombone performance band leading listening sessions music technology integration of technology into live performance music business practices entrepreneurship notation software copying/transcription techniques