Nick Finzer - Trombone

Current Projects:

Right now I’m working on writing music for a follow up to my first album “Exposition” (January 2013) with my sextet (featuring Lucas Pino, Samora Pinderhughes, Alex Wintz, Dave Baron, and Jimmy Macbride) as well as writing an all new suite for a dectet - to be debuted late this spring/early summer.

In addition to those writing projects I’m working on a book to be released in late March ’14 for jazz trombonists called “Get Ahead! A Practical Guide for the Developing Jazz Trombonist”, and working to release a few recordings on my record label Outside in Music (

Nick’s Teaching Philosophy:

Teaching music is about sharing. Sharing your passion, knowledge, and inspiration with your students. For me, it's about encouraging students to pursue their musical interests and helping to guide them on a path to growing and developing their musicality and creativity.

Some Music I’ve Been Checking Out:

Steve Davis – For Real

Pat Metheny – Kin

Ryan Keberle – Catharsis - Music is Emotion

Dafnis Prieto – Taking the Soul for a Walk

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About Nick:

Award winning musician Nick Finzer is a trombonist and composer love for jazz came through an exploration of Duke Ellington’s music during his high school years. These experiences culminated in a performance of Elllington’s music as part of the Essentially Ellington Festival hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center, which ignited Nick’s ambition to move to New York City to pursue a life in music.

During this time Finzer also came under the tutelage of former Jazz at Lincoln Center Trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon, which led a four-year commission project in which Gordon wrote four pieces to feature Nick during his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. Since moving to New York City in 2010, Finzer has completed a Masters Degree from The Juilliard School, sharing the stage with many esteemed musicians and  leading his own bands around the city and across the country.

As a teacher, Nick has worked with university students and as a faculty member for Julliard and Eastman's Jazz Summer Camps. In New York, Nick maintains an active teaching schedule with the Jazz Standard Discovery Program which includes informational jazz performances/presentations for elementary school students, coaching small ensembles, and weekly performances at Jazz Standard.

Nick was selected as a recipient of a 2013 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers award for his composition Alternate Agenda (which appears on “Exposition”).  In 2011 Nick was the winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s National Jazz Trombone Competition and was a finalist in the 2010 International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition.

Nick's recording debut as a bandleader “Exposition” on his new label Outside in Music was released in January 2013. He maintains an active touring schedule while formulating new projects. Finzer is determined to continually develop his artistry from the lineage of the music, while being honest to his musical voice and personality.