Thursday, February 02, 2017

Trombonist Nick Finzer to help kick off expanded Grand Center Jazz Crawl on Wednesday, March 1 at Curtain Call Lounge

Trombonist Nick Finzer and his sextet are coming to St. Louis to perform at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 at the Curtain Call Lounge. The show will be free and open to the public.

Finzer (pictured), a native of Rochester, NY who graduated from the Juilliard School of Music and now resides in NYC, will be touring in support of his third album Hear & Now, which is set for release Friday, February 17 on his label Outside in Music.

His gig at the Curtain Call will be part of the launch that evening of a revamped Grand Center Jazz Crawl, said Robert Harris, director of communication and programs with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, which co-sponsors the weekly event.

Harris said that, starting that evening, the expanded Jazz Crawl will add Wednesday sets from local (and, occasionally, touring) bands at the Curtain Call and a weekly swing dance event hosted by Lindy Hop St. Louis at the newly reopened Grandel Theatre.

The existing elements of the Jazz Crawl will continue as before, including a happy-hour set featuring various "vintage jazz" performers at KDHX's Magnolia Cafe; bassist Bob DeBoo's weekly jam session at the Kranzberg Arts Center; trumpeter Kasimu Taylor's weekly sets at The Dark Room, newly relocated to the Grandel Theatre; and the free video simulcasts in Jazz St. Louis' first-floor lounge when there's someone playing at the Bistro. 

As for Finzer, with eight original compositions plus one song by Duke Ellington, his new album is described in promotional materials as "politically charged."

"I wanted to capture feelings I was having about our country's social framework," said Finzer in a news release. "I started out trying to write about the emotional feeling of living in New York in 2016, but as the presidential election went on I realized that the stances I was taking were more politically oriented. Throughout the process of making the record I saw that this project was becoming more and more relevant to our reality."

Along with the leader on trombone, Finzer's sextet includes tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist Lucas Pino, guitarist Alex Wintz, pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Dave Baron, and drummer Jimmy Macbride.

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