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Outside in Music Presents: "Live in New York" featuring Nick Finzer and Chris Ziemba - How About You

Outside in Music Presents: "Live in New York" featuring Nick Finzer and Chris Ziemba - How About You

Outside in Music Presents - Nick Finzer and Chris Ziemba live in New York! Recorded live at Bunker Studios in Brooklyn in NY. 

We're playing one of our favorite tunes, "How About You" by Burton Lane.

This is the first track off our new duo album "Live in NY" to be released this fall, 2017!

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I post weekly videos here on YouTube that feature my original projects! Sometimes it’s a band video, a solo trombone piece, educational tips about jazz and playing trombone, they come out each Wednesday! If you don’t know me, I’m a jazz trombone player, educator, and producer based in New York City. I’ve had some great teachers like Wycliffe Gordon and Steve Turre, and studied at both the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School.  I’m always up to something new so make sure to stay connected if you want to see what’s happening in the jazz world here in NYC!

Roxy Coss - Confirmation | DynamicDuos 039

Roxy Coss - Confirmation | DynamicDuos 039

Today we are featuring the great tenor saxophone stylings (and one of my good frends here in NYC!) Roxy Coss! We're playing a classic Charlie Parker composition, Confirmation. This was our attempt to create something from nothing, and end up at Confirmation :) 

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Hope you enjoy! See you next week!

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!


Blight of the Fumble Bee (Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan Cover) ft. Lucas Pino | Dynamic Duos Ep 32 - YouTube


First, I need to say a HUGE thank you to Lucas Pino for taking the time to experiment with me on this new duet! This Gerry Mulligan tune “Blight of the Fumble Bee” is featured on “Two of a Mind” featuring Gerry alongside Paul Desmond! A killer record. 


A few years back Lucas and I did a little tour out to Arizona, and played this tune almost every night! It’s always fun to revisit some material you performed in the past and spruce it up again!


It’s a blues in two 6 bar phrases, check it out...


See ya back here next week!


- Nick


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If I Love Again Jazz Duet Ft. Leon Boykins!

Here is a favorite standard, performed by Leon Boykins and myself! One of the most popular versions of the tune is probably from Clifford Brown / Max Roach (check out that version of the tune here…) but I think that MY favorite version might be by the legendary Steve Davis! 

Frank Foster's Simone featuring Leon Boykins

First, I need to apologize, first day recording with a new camera lens! In this video me (and my horn) are only about 50% visible in the frame! I’ve got it sorted out now, but this new lens has a little less flexibility in zooming in/out. It’s a learning experience for all of us 😃! Regardless, I think the music came off without a hitch, and you’ll still enjoy!


The first time I heard this Frank Foster composition was playing in Bob Stewart’s “First Line” band. Bob had the pleasure of playing this tune with Mr. Foster, and we play it on just about every live gig we’ve played. I did an arrangement of it for Bob’s Double Quartet (featuring the First Line band along with the PubliQuartet string quartet) that we premiered at Dizzy’s for the release of Bob’s latest album on Sunnyside Records “Connections: Mind the Gap"


Here, Leon Boykins and I present the tune in a duo format (on the HOTTEST day of the summer here in NYC!). You can see all the things Leon and I have recorded together here. 


I hope you enjoy, “Simone” by Frank Foster


See you all 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!


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