Nick Finzer’s main ensemble is a trombone driven group that combines the rich traditions of jazz, with the repertoire of the American Songbook and the music of contemporary jazz artists such as Michael Brecker and Chick Corea, not to mention a healthy handful of original compositions. The ensemble takes strong influence from the musical styles and band sounds of a number of non- trombone led groups, including groups led by Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Miguel Zenon and Dafnis Prieto fusing contrapuntal writing with musical melodies and strong improvisational contributions from each member of the band. This group is focused on creating improvised music that builds on the tradition of jazz, and presents a modern twist on a trombone fronted group.
Lucas Pino - Tenor Saxophone and Bass Clarinet
Alex Wintz - Guitar
Dave Baron - Bass
Glenn Zaleski - Piano
Jimmy Macbride - Drums
Nick Finzer’s Songs & Stories quartet is a trombone fronted jazz group that focuses on presenting reimagined versions of some of the most famous compositions in the jazz repertoire. These compositions have stood the test of time because of their strong melodic and harmonic structure, making them ideal for exploring new presentations with this group. The new versions of these compositions aim to combine Nick’s 21st century compositional sensibilities with well known melodies to create a fusion of musical tradition and explorations.
The quartet began as a tool to share Nick’s music and arrangements in a touring format. The group has explored music from Nick’s two solo releases (2013’s “Exposition” and 2015’s “The Chase”) along with reimagined versions of songs popular within the jazz canon. The trombone led quartet format has long been ignored in favor of saxophone quartets, but Nick seeks to re-popularize one of our music’s important and beautiful instrumental voices.
In the tradition of the great masters of this music, Nick incorporates stories about and related to these songs into each of the band’s performances. These include stories about specific compositions, stories about the composers, and personal anecdotes related to the performance. This has very successfully served to connect the artists with the audience and provoke a greater understanding and appreciation for the music.
The quartet has participated for the last three years in New York jazz club Jazz Standard’s “Jazz for Kids” Program. These lunchtime performances are for student groups from across NYC and beyond and connect young students (ranging from Kindergarten through Middle School) with real life jazz musicians in a club setting. Nick developed his presentation to explore a brief history of jazz featuring musical examples and explanations about several of the different musical time periods within jazz.
Composer/trombonist Nick Finzer was commissioned by the Institute for Creative Music to create this work for a 10-piece Jazz ensemble. “A Ten Years Suite” is an intimate musical reflection of Jazz composer and trombonist Nick Finzer’s most personal relationships, and how they have evolved. Musical reflections of a decade in the life of a young artist evolve around common themes of the human comedy which will touch you as they have touched him.
“A Ten Years Suite” is Presented in Three Parts: “Into the Past” (Movements I,II, & III) “Living in the Present” (Movement IV & V), and “Look to the Future” (Movement VI & VII). The piece features a blend of ensemble textures alongside improvisational moments for each member of the ensemble. The suite allows the musicians to showcase their unique musical sensibilities, and tell this musical story.
Nick Finzer and fellow Juilliard grad, pianist Chris Ziemba, team up to bring standards and originals to a new light. An interactive chamber jazz setting allows Finzer and Ziemba freedom to explore and create a sound much bigger than the two of them.