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"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

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Chris Ziemba plays "Escher's Loop" Live in Memphis

And now for something a little different! This week I wanted to feature my great friend and long time colleague Chris Ziemba. As well as being a fantastic pianist Chris is a thoughtful and imaginative composer! Here he is presenting a solo piano version of a tune he and I have played together many times in other settings, inspired by the work of artist MC Escher - "Escher's Loop"
 
We recorded this as part of our August 2016 digital release - "Live in Memphis" on Outside in Music (www.outsideinmusic.com) - from a live in studio concert at Young Avenue Sound in Memphis, Tennessee. 
 
We hope you enjoy! Please leave us your thoughts in the comments section, and share with your communities!
 
See you next time -
 

Nick

Just Passed the Horizon - Nick Finzer & Chris Ziemba Live in Memphis!

Originally presented on my album "The Chase" released in 2015, "Just Passed the Horizon" is the closing theme of the record. For me, the tune is a reminder to keep looking ahead, and try to journey closer to the projects and goals that are just beyond reach. The inspiration for the tune came after playing a series of concerts with a very inspiring mentor, and pondering what was to come as I looked out the airplane window on the way back to New York.

 

I've presented this tune in a number of settings from the original sextet version with my band (trombone, tenor saxophone, guitar, piano, bass, drums) scaled all the way up for big band, and now all the way back down to a duo setting.

 

We recorded this as part of our August 2016 digital release - "Live in Memphis" on Outside in Music (www.outsideinmusic.com) - from a live in studio concert at Young Avenue Sound in Memphis, Tennessee. 

 

We hope you enjoy! Please leave us your thoughts in the comments section, and share with your communities!

 

See you next time -

 

Nick

Outside in Music Artist Interviews, Part 1

Today I wanted to take a chance to share two recent artist interviews I did with artists from my record label, Outside in Music (www.outsideinmusic.com)! In our recent "Meet the Artist" Initiative, we hosted interviews on Facebook Live to follow up on some of our releases from earlier in 2016 and back into 2015!

Episode #1 Features pianist Chris Ziemba and his release "Manhattan Lullaby" 

...and Episode #2 features saxophonist of Cowboys and Frenchmen Owen Broder talking about their release "RODEO"

Hope you enjoy! See ya next time...

- Nick

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From Live in Memphis - Chris Ziemba's "Manhattan Lullaby"

The title track from Chris Ziemba's debut album "Manhattan Lullaby" (available on Outside in Music - www.outsideinmusic.com) is one of my favorite of Chris' compositions. When I first heard him perform the tune, I was mesmerized. Chris has such a unique voice in the way he interprets the jazz tradition. From Eubie Blake and James P Johnson to Keith Jarrett and beyond, Chris has all of that history inside of him. 

This tune is inspired by the duality of life in a fast paced, complicated city, like New York. It's about finding your personal tranquility in a sea of humanity. Being in an uncomfortable place to allow yourself to be pushed and inspired by the energy and passion of the people around you. I think that's why we love New York. There nowhere that has the same energetic, inspirational, aspirational buzz. 

Please enjoy, and share, Manhattan Lullaby

"Nick Finzet & Chris Ziemba: Live in Memphis" will be available on Outside in Music (www.outsideinmusic.com) on August 19th. 

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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!