Nick Finzer’s Cast of Characters Tour
Cast of Characters Tour
Nick Finzer – Trombone
Lucas Pino – Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Alex Wintz – Guitar
Glenn Zaleski – Piano
Dave Baron – Bass
Jimmy Macbride – Drums
An expert musical storyteller with a gorgeously rich, expressive sound, award-winning trombonist and composer Nick Finzer presents his latest record Cast of Characters—partly an homage to musical mentors and partly a deep probe into the nature of influence with a strong message of self-empowerment.
Nick Finzer is one of the most dynamic musicians of the millennial generation. An award-winning composer, arranger, producer, educator and trombonist, Finzer is bringing the joy and power of jazz to traditional fans and the most modern 21st century audiences. He’s on a mission to be a passionate voice defining the sound of jazz in this age while also bringing street cred to the trombone with a bold, tight sound.
Born into a musical world (his mother Sherry Finzer is an international flutist), Finzer developed a fascination for the music of Duke Ellington and found himself in high school performing at the annual Essentially Ellington competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center. It was then that he decided to pursue a life in music himself. His budding talent was recognized by Wycliffe Gordon who began a mentorship by writing four pieces for the young Finzer while he attended the Eastman School of Music. Finzer went on to get his master’s at Juilliard’s prestigious jazz program where he was mentored by trombone legend Steve Turre.
In 2011 Finzer 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.
Two tracks appearing on Finzer’s debut album Exposition (Outside in Music) garnered him a pair of accolades: the prestigious ASCAP Herb Alpert Award for young composers, in 2013 and 2015.
Famed trombonist and mentor Wycliffe Gordon called Finzer “a new voice [in] the pantheon of upcoming trombone greats in the making”.
When away from NYC, Finzer can be found touring the globe not only with his own projects but also as part of Anat Cohen’s Tentet, teaching workshops and masterclasses, and appearing with YouTube sensation Postmodern Jukebox. Finzer has joined the group on television, in viral videos with millions of views, and on tours across North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Finzer has performed at top jazz clubs, festivals and concert halls with Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Anat Cohen’s Tentet, Lucas Pino’s No Net Nonet, Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project, the Grammy award-winning Dafnis Prieto Big Band, Bob Stewart’s Double Quartet, Frank Wess, Terrell Stafford, Lewis Nash, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Walt Weiskopf, Slide Hampton, Frank Kimbrough, Carl Allen, Steve Turre, and many more.