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James Finn

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James Finn's compelling and fascinating musical journey has taken him from his native New York City to Texas, Russia, Paris, London and finally full circle, back to New York, where he works in a constant flourish of musical activity at his Gingko Tree Studio. A self-taught improviser who jumped into a life of music at age 8, he has performed and studied a wide range of music, from R&B and the blues to jazz and classical. A graduate of Empire State College (where he studied with drum legend Andrew Cyrille) and Queens College (where Jimmy Heath gave him invaluable inspiration), he was also greatly influenced by deep musical friendships with saxophonist JR Monterose and multi-instrumentalist Arthur Rhames.

Along the way he has studied Tai Chi, Qigong and Wu Bu meditation and other various eastern and western spiritual disiplines; developed his own twelve-tone theory; worked for a prison substance abuse program; taught high school and college orchestras; and built a successful private studio of piano students. His travels and the amazing, sometimes dramatic turns in his life all emanate from his saxophone when he plays. After decades of performing, growing and expressing himself, he finally recorded his first album, Opening The Gates (Cadence Records), in 2003 and hasn't looked back since, with three albums released within thirteen months, and critical praise following each new release. He's making up for found time.

Firehouse 12 Performances

James Finn Quartet Saturday, November 19, 2005, 8:30p

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