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Hear & Now 2019 and Beyond; Booking Availability and New Management

Click through on the playlist above to see all of the new things that Hear & Now is up to!

NEW MANAGEMENT/BOOKING

I'm excited to move in a new direction with our domestic booking! Our current agency and management: 

Outside in Music - info@outsideinmusic.com

Current Availabilities:

December 10th - 24th, 2018

March 7 - 17th, 2019

May 20th - June 2nd, 2019

June 17th - July 8th, 2019

July 27th - August 4th, 2019

Thanks to NEXTBOP.COM for the Feature!

BIG THANKS to NEXTBOP.COM for featuring the new project on their site! An honor to be a part of their community! :)

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watch the project....

Speak Like A Child! Hear & Now plays Speak Like a Child

0 years ago this year (2018), Herbie Hancock and his band recorded some of the most iconic jazz of the 1960's on his album "Speak Like a Child" - and as fate would have it, this music was among the first jazz I heard and performed as a high school student!

 

Nick Finzer's Hear & Now plays Herbie Hancock's Speak Like a Child Track 2 - Speak Like a Child Lucas Pino - Tenor Sax Alex Wintz - guitar Miki Yamanaka - piano Dave Baron - bass Jimmy Macbride - drums Nick Finzer - trombone and arrangements 5

Riot! Hear & Now Plays Herbie Hancock's Speak Like a Child

50 years ago this year (2018), Herbie Hancock and his band recorded some of the most iconic jazz of the 1960's on his album "Speak Like a Child" - and as fate would have it, this music was among the first jazz I heard and performed as a high school student!

Nick Finzer's Hear & Now plays Herbie Hancock's Speak Like a Child - track 1 - Riot Lucas Pino - Tenor Sax Alex Wintz - guitar Miki Yamanaka - piano Dave Baron - bass Jimmy Macbride - drums Nick Finzer - trombone and arrangements

 

Nick Finzer's No Arrival Tour Dates

We're just TWO weeks away from the start of my "No Arrival" tour and we're getting ready to hit the road! This video will let you know exactly where and when:

Here's the rundown:
4.17 CU Boulder College of Music
4.18 Nocturne
4.20 North Coast Brewing Company (Sequoia Jazz Room) 
4.21 The Sound Room Oakland,CA
4.22 blue whale Los Angeles
4.27 The Nash - Phoenix, Arizona 
4.28 Avant Groove Salt Lake City
5.6 Twins Jazz Washington DC
5.10 B Sharps Jazz Tallahassee, FL
5.11 The Velvet Note - Alpharetta, GA
5.12 Nashville Jazz Workshop - Nashville, TN
5.13 Timucua Arts Foundation - Orlando FL
5.23 SubCulture - New York City
5.31 BOP STOP at The Music Settlement - Cleveland, OH
6.1 BLU Jazz+ - Akron, OH
6.2 Cliff Bell's - Detroit
6.3 Kalamazoo Piano Company - Kalamazoo, MI
6.4 Jazz Showcase - Chicago, IL
8.25 Northwest Jazz Festival, Lewiston, NY
8.26 Bop Shop Records Rochester, NY

Where will we SEE YOU?

No Arrival Pre-Orders available now!

Hi All! Today MARCH 13th, 2018 marks ONE MONTH until the release of my new album "No Arrival" on Posi-Tone records! 

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Trombonist Nick Finzer reaches for the beauty of new vistas and explores the mysteries of unexpected destinations with his new album No Arrival. Finzer's sound is solid and extraordinarily well-centered, his articulation sharp, and his command of the idiom is complete. The depth of his artistry is considerable, and while the music is definitely straight forward and rooted in the tradition with some hard swinging highlights, the session is also elegantly lyrical and evocative of a more modern jazz sensibility. Listeners will enjoy the wide emotional range of Finzer s brilliant original compositions and arrangements as they are presented with the able and captivating assistance of a solid group of musicians, including reedman extraordinaire Lucas Pino, guitarist Alex Wintz, pianist Victor Gould, bassist Dave Baron and drummer Jimmy Macbride. With an amazing combination of talents, some stunning performances, and an engaging program of musical selections, Finzer firmly establishes himself as a brilliant new star on the horizon. His latest record, No Arrival, is an endlessly entertaining experience that will certainly bring serendipitous bright moments to jazz fans everywhere.

Cyber Monday is Here!

Happy Holiday Season All!

To kick it off, I'm offering a new holiday educational bundle for 2017!

This year's bundle includes:

  • A Coupon Code to Redeem 1 Lifetime Access Copy to "Get Ahead" a Practical Course for the Developing Jazz Trombonist ($133 Value)
  • Physical Copy of a Practice Journal ($15 Value)
  • Signed Copy of "Hear & Now" ($20 Value)
  • One Skype Lesson (Giftable to the same person who registers the Get Ahead Course!) ($100 Value)
  • Some other free goodies ;)

$268 of Value for just $140!

(additional domestic or international shipping rates apply)

6 reasons you should be taking online courses! Vlog S.2 Ep. 2

6 Reasons you should be learning Music with Online Courses

 

Across so many industries online learning has taken hold in a real way, and is proving to be a highly effective tool! After taking several online courses myself, I was thinking about several ways that musicians could take advantage of these online learning opportunities! 

 

1 - Learn at your own pace

You can take your time through each lesson, making sure you get the point of each session. Repeat things at will, pause and interact with the video sessions, and have the time you need to process the information being presented. There are no time constraints! 

 

2 - it's like having a private instructor all the time!

These sessions allow you to visit a private instructor any time you like, getting inside information directly from folks who are making their lives in music!

 

3 - As an aspiring professional it's important to learn from as many teachers as possible. 

I think it's really important to learn from a wide variety of teachers. Everyone has their own way of thinking about things, and a unique way of explaining things as well. Sometime what you need is to hear the same information presented to you in a different way - I know that has been so helpful to me throughout my career! With an online course you can get those opinions without having to track down the teacher in person!

 

4 - It's a great value.

It would cost so much more to get all these lessons from a week to week teacher! If an hour lesson from a top professional is usually $100, a $99 course for five hours of video content is a STEAL! Not to mention that you can repeat those lessons time and time again, and the supplemental materials that come along with the course. 

 

5 - Lifetime Access

You know how you always wished you had an archive of all the lessons you took with your private instructor? Here's a great way to have the ability to check back in at any point, and see if you want to revisit any of the material you worked on before. And even more amazing - if the instructor decides that they want to add more content to the course? Bam! More lessons for you! The sooner you sign up the bigger the life long value you'll be getting from the course. 

 

6 - Location Independence

The hardest thing about getting lessons with musicians is scheduling. Do you have to travel to them? Are they on the road? It can be a real task trying to just line up a mutually workable time. Not to mention what If you live half way across the world from that teacher? With online courses you can be anywhere in the world and learn from the best in the business, whenever you want. 

 

In the case of my course "Get Ahead" it even comes with 5 complimentary video coaching sessions to get direct feedback about your playing! This is only available during the course launch period which is open now until June 19th, so make sure that you get on board to make summer 2017 your most effective yet! 

 

Can't wait to hear what you all are up to - 👍

 

Nick

 

Los Angeles CD Release Party at Blue Whale 4.10.17

Los Angeles CD Release Party at Blue Whale 4.10.17

HEAR & NOW cd release at blue whale 4.10.17!

We're celebrating "Hear & Now" with a performance at blue whale Los Angeles!

Monday 4.10.17 9PM!

 ft. John Beasley (piano), Danny Janklow (saxophone), Alex Boneham (bass), and Dan Schnelle (drums)

Here's a quick look at what happened last time we came to the blue whale!

won't you join us? 

 

Prince! ft. the Institute for Creative Music Collective

This past fall (October, 2016) the Institute for Creative Music (www.ifcmusic.org) headed to Montana for two weeks of workshops and concerts in Missoula and the Flathead Valley, followed by a short stint around Eastern Washington! While we were there, Chris Teal, Chris Ziemba, and myself recorded some new music for our 2016/2017 season! This year's featured composer is none other than Prince. If you follow the IfCM on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ifcmusic/) you may have seen some videos posted before the new year, but I wanted to take a chance to feature them here on my site as well! 

Here's the latest - Chris Teal's arrangement of "Darling Nikki"

 

and a throwback to my arrangement of "The Greatest Romance That's Ever Been Sold"

 

Hope you enjoy - and please share if you like what you hear!

 

- Nick

Single is Here! "We, the People"

Happy New Year! Enjoy! 

Like what you heard? Leave a comment, and grab the download: http://nickfinzer.selz.com

Today's the day, the release of my latest single "We, the People" 
This song is an embodiment of the spirit of The People. When we stand together, we're stronger than when we're alone. It's about believing in something. Standing for something.

Like, comment, and share! 

Download this track: http://nickfinzer.selz.com
from the February 2017 album "Hear & Now" featuring:
Lucas Pino - http://www.lucaspino.com/
Alex Wintz - http://www.alexwintzmusic.com/
Glenn Zaleski - https://www.glennzaleski.com/
Dave Baron - http://www.davebaronmusic.com/
Jimmy Macbride - https://jimmymacbride.com/

Happy Holidays! The Christmas Song (Jazz Duet with Pianist Chris Ziemba)

I got together with one of my longest standing musical allies recently to record something special for the month of December. Chris Ziemba is an amazing pianist and composer here in NYC, and it's always a true pleasure to make music with Chris.

I'm usually not much for "holiday themed" music, but the spirit of today's tune usually drums up a spirit of nostalgia, and I couldn't resist.

A holiday gem, "The Christmas Song" - this time hopefully not quite like you've heard it before! I love playing ballads with the pixie & plunger mute combination. It's definitely a whole different realm of trombone playing. Some of my favorites doing this type of thing - "tricky Sam" Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Wycliffe Gordon and Steve Turre!

A huge thank you to my great friend and longtime musical compatriot - Chris Ziemba.

Check out what Chris is up to: 
http://www.chrisziemba.com
https://www.facebook.com/chrisziembamusic/

Chris' latest album - "Manhattan Lullaby"
https://outsideinmusic.bandcamp.com/album/manhattan-lullaby

Our Duo album from Summer 2016 - "Live in Memphis"
https://outsideinmusic.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-memphis-featuring-nick-finzer-and-chris-ziemba

Happy Holidays All! I hope it's a great one.

See ya back here next week -

Happy Holidays!

- nick

Hear & Now Pre-Order with Exclusive Bonus Offers!

Happy Monday! 

I'm excited to launch the pre-order period for my upcoming February release "Hear&Now" on Outside in Music (www.outsideinmusic.com)!

CD + Digital Download: You'll get the new album "Hear & Now" in February, and an advance digital copy of the album.

Discography: You'll get 3 CD's! Hear & Now, The Chase, and Exposition (lucky you, I've only got like 20 copies of Exposition left!) 

CD + Charts: You'll get a copy of "Hear & Now" plus PDF's of all the charts from the album!

CD Bundle: You'll get 5 copies of "Hear & Now"! Sharing is caring, spread the word. Who doesn't like receiving "just because" gifts from time to time?!? 

Mystery Box: You'll get a few copies of "Hear & Now" plus a digital download and some other goodies. What'll you get? Ya never know... that's part of the fun! 

 Wanna know more? 

watch the video, and get your order in today - these offers won't be back! 

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Hear & Now is Coming soon...

The New Album is coming..... 

"We, the People" Jazz Contest!

Hi All!

I'm super excited to share that my next album "Hear & Now" is slated for release on 2.17.17! And since Here in the USA it's an election year (duh, everyone knows this unless you've been living under a rock!) we're celebrating by having a contest!

Usually, we might give away the single from the album to our fans, but this time we're turning the usual on its head! We want to hear YOUR versions of the single from the new album: "We, the People"

For all the contest details you can watch this video:

Click below to Download "We the People" PDF!

How to enter:

  1. Download the Sheet Music Here
  2. Arrange the tune for any size ensemble (solo instrument, your regular band, a school ensemble, big band, symphony orchestra, brass band, your imagination is the limit!)
  3. Record a video of you and/or your group playing your arrangement of "We, the People" (anything from a simple cell phone video to hiring a video crew! Whatever works for you!
  4. Fill out the form below, or email a link to your video to nick@nickfinzermusic.com (Include your name, contact info, and ensemble info in your message)
  5. Contest will be judged by Nick and his band (featuring Lucas Pino, Glenn Zaleski, Alex Wintz, Jimmy Macbride, and Dave Baron) 
  6. Contest open through 12/15/2016 (At Midnight EST)

What you'll get for entering:

  1. All entrants and their ensembles will get a free digital download of the single version of "We, the People" on 1.1.17; the single's release day. 
  2. The winner will receive a gift box for their ensemble containing copies of the new album "Hear and Now" and some more goodies (who knows what cool new merch is coming...)!
  3. The winning arranger will get Tickets to a show of Nick's of your choice (for the arranger + 1) redeemable anytime. 
  4. Promotion on Nick's social accounts! All entrants will get a Tweet/FB post of your entry on Nicks pages. The winning ensemble will get a feature on Nick's channel as well as Outside in Music's. 

I can't wait to hear what you all come up with! 

- Nick

Entrance Form  

Name *
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Combo? Orchestra? Brass Band? Describe your group here.
Address *
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A Letter of Thanks to my Students

A little context: As you may be aware, Since August of 2014 I have been serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone at Florida State University’s College of Music. An opportunity that for me, seemed to come out of nowhere. It came to be as a product of being prepared at the right time. I was in this position for the past two school years leading the school’s second big band, a graduate level improvisation class, teaching private lessons in trombone and composition, and coaching a small ensemble. I did this all while keeping up an active touring schedule, leading my own band, teaching in New York, working as a sideman in the city, and even subbing on the occasional broadway show. Although I’ve decided to continue to focus on my performing career, I’m very glad to have had the opportunity to work with the students at FSU. I think that I learned as much or more teaching them, than they learned from me! I’m proud of the work my ensembles put in every semester, reaching into parts of their musicianship I’m not sure they knew were there. We explored the depth and breadth of the jazz tradition with an ear towards the future, keeping tabs on what is happening on the scene today in addition to being attuned to the history of this music.