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On Friday, December 5th, Firehouse 12 is pleased to welcome trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and his quintet Sicilian Defense. Finlayson has performed at Firehouse 12 numerous times before with guitarist Mary Halvorson, percussionist Tomas Fujiwara, and saxophonist Steve Lehman. This is his first performance at Firehouse 12 as a leader of his own ensemble.
Finlayson's The Moment and The Message has been called "a great modern jazz record that also sounds like joy and feels like a dance" (PopMatters) and "resonates on an emotional and intellectual level, packed with melody, depth and ideas worth stealing" (Lucid Culture). All About Jazz Italy called it "the best contemporary jazz...captured in its entirety in this exceptional debut."
Born in 1982 in Berkeley, CA, Finlayson began playing the trumpet at the age of ten in the Oakland public school system. He came under the tutelage of Bay Area legend Robert Porter and subsequently attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he studied with Eddie Henderson, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Bridgewater. Finlayson is a disciple of the saxophonist/composer/conceptualist newly appointed MacArthur "Genius Grant" award winner, Steve Coleman, having joined his band Five Elements in 2000 at the age of 18. He is widely admired for his ability to tackle cutting-edge musical concepts with aplomb. Finlayson has performed and recorded in groups led by Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill and played alongside notables such as Von Freeman, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto and Vijay Iyer.
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