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.
Willing to teach
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