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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! 

Blue Bossa featuring Alex Wintz

One of the records that was truly formative for me in my college years was a fantastic duo album between JJ Johnson and Joe Pass titled “We’ll Be Together Again.” I had it as a CD reissue, which was stolen from my car while I was a student at Eastman, up in Rochester, and it’s not easy to find anymore! If you haven’t heard the album you can find it here. 

 

It’s an amazingly intimate session that really shows the virtuosity of both of these musicians. One of the first solos I transcribed off this record was on this Kenny Dorham tune “Blue Bossa.” On the recording from “We’ll Be Together Again” JJ plays with a harmon mute, so I decided to pay homage to JJ here with this arrangement adapted from his!

 

Big thanks to my good friend and amazing musician Alex Wintz for getting together to play a few tunes with me for all of you! Check out that intro he copped straight from Mr. Pass! This was a fun session, indeed!

 

Hope you enjoy, see you next week!  

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  

First Preview! "Conception" Live in Memphis! featuring Nick Finzer and Chris Ziemba

Following up on the heels of the preview video of "Stella by Starlight" is the first track off of the upcoming Digital-Only Release: "Nick Finzer & Chris Ziemba: Live in Memphis"!

Chris and I were amidst a run of concerts and educational workshops around the Southern US back in March of 2016, and set our sights on recording our duos. Chris and I have been playing together since our high school days in the "Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra" until now! We've done a lot of playing together, and I think that the interplay that we've developed provides for some interesting versions of the tunes on this album. 

We stopped in Memphis, Tennessee on our way from Birmingham, Alabama to Little Rock, Arkansas to record at a great local studio: Young Avenue Sound. We had a nice studio audience that afternoon, and of course Chris and I made it a point to enjoy some Memphis BBQ right after! 

This composition is by the pianist George Shearing and has been recorded by many in the history of jazz including Miles Davis. Here's our take on "Conception"!

Let us know what you think in the YouTube comments, and be sure to pay Chris a visit on his Facebook page. 

"Live in Memphis" will be available on Outside in Music (www.outsideinmusic.com) on August 19th. Preorder info coming soon!