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Facet Mutes Presents: What Should I Do

Facet Mutes Presents: What Should I Do

We're super happy to share this new video presented by our GREAT friends over at Face Mutes! (check them out at www.facetmutes.com) - from the upcoming Nick Finzer and Chris Ziemba duo release "Live in New York" - this is one of Chris's tunes called "What Should I Do?"

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Rightside Up (Blues for S.T.) - Featuring Joe McDonough

Rightside Up (Blues for S.T.) - Featuring Joe McDonough

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Dynamic Duos Episode 34 featuring Martin Diller! "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise"

Dynamic Duos Episode 34 featuring Martin Diller! "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise"

Today we have the first of what I hope to be many duets featuring some of my friends that happen to be drummers!

When I went out to the West Coast at the beginning of April 2017, this man was the orchestrator of that trip! Martin Diller is an LA based drummer who I met while on tour with Postmodern Jukebox last summer, and then again this past January.

Here's a quick version of the old standard "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise"

Hope you enjoy! And we'll see you next week!

Nick

#Dynamic Duos Ep. ft. JJ Johnson's Judy w/ Joe McDonough Ep. 31

#Dynamic Duos Ep. ft. JJ Johnson's Judy w/ Joe McDonough Ep. 31

This week’s video revisits one of my first video posts here on youtube, where I recorded a short version of JJ Johnson’s great composition “Judy

Here however, I’m featuring one of my great friends and fellow trombonists: Joe McDonough! Joe and I were pursuing our Masters degrees at Juilliard at the same time, and both studying with the great Steve Turre. 

For a while, we had a co-led two trombone quintet that celebrated the two trombone tradition started by JJ Johnson and Kai Winding. We recorded a few tracks back in 2013, and I think we just might release some of those very soon… stay tuned!  

Dynamic Duos Episode 29 ft. Jordan Pettay!

Dynamic Duos Episode 29 ft. Jordan Pettay!

Today I’m featuring the wonderful Alto Saxophonist Jordan Pettay! Jordan and I were classmates at Juilliard, and she’s played on a few of my gigs here and there over the years. When we got together to record this duet, I remembered that I first learned this tune to perform at a Juilliard Jazz camp we taught at together out in Ephraim, UT at Snow College! 

It's You or No One ft. Seth Weaver | #DynamicDuos Ep. 28

It's You or No One ft. Seth Weaver | #DynamicDuos Ep. 28

This week I’m featuring a great trombonist, who’s currently also based in New York: Seth Weaver. Seth and I first met at the International Trombone Festival the last time it was held at the Eastman School of Music up in Rochester, NY. I was giving a performance that year celebrating the music from my first album, Exposition at that time, and Seth was a finalist in the ITF’s jazz trombone competition that year. 

 

Since then, we’ve played a few gigs together here and there. But most recently, I recorded on a few videos of Seth’s Big Band! In addition to being a great trombonist, Seth is writing some great arrangements, and to top it off - he’s a singer too! Head over to Seth’s YouTube Channel to check out some of what he’s up to, and to watch those big band videos!

 

We’re playing a great standard that I first arranged for Lucas Pino and myself to play on a short tour to Arizona a few years back. If you’re familiar with the tune already, you’ll notice that there’s a little tweak to the form in there for good measure 😉 ! haha.

 

Please enjoy and Share!  “It’s You or No One”

 

See you next week - 

 

Nick

New Duet "Laura" with Jazz Guitarist Alex Wintz!

My first JJ Johnson record, "JJ! In Person” features JJ along with Nat Adderley in the front line. On here they play a number of great tunes, but one of the most amazing tracks is his version of the jazz standard “Laura.” Time and time again, I’ve had teachers and mentors mention this solo as a true piece of musical mastery. If you haven’t heard the original by JJ, you need to. It’s melodic, soulful, beautiful, and he kills some double time bebop language on this one. 

 

It’s become one of my favorite tunes to play, and has a really fun chord progression to play on. I like to play it around the tempo that JJ did, so as to be able to have the drummer play the feel that Tootie Heath plays around the second chorus of JJ’s solo - a slick double time feel. Although here, it’s a touch faster, as we’re just a duo!

 

Alex Wintz is crushing it on this video, make sure you check out all the cool things Alex has going on for himself here!

 

See you all next time - 

 

Nick