‘A whole lot of talent is what this young woman has in abundance.’
‘This is as good as it gets.’ (Abbie Finn Trio 2019)
_ Lance Liddle _ BebopSpokenHere.
‘Abbie Finn’s impeccable drumming is vivifying.’
Marc Brenner Photography. Pinter at the Pinter 2018.
Abbie Finn is a drummer from the North-East of England who has over 14 years playing experience. She is currently based in Newcastle.
Her current main projects are the Abbie Finn Trio with Harry Keeble on Tenor Saxophone and Paul Grainger on Double Bass and the Finntet featuring Graham Hardy, Harry Keeble, Dean Stockdale and Paul Grainger. Regular updates and a list of upcoming gigs can be found on the Gig dates link at the top of the page and on the Abbie Finn Trio Facebook page.
In 2018 Abbie was cast on the Harold Pinter play Night School at the Pinter Theatre, London in Nov and Dec. She was cast as Mavis, had spoken lines and performed drums live on stage. Reviews can be read on the Pinter Page on this website.
In 2017 Abbie received a 1st class degree with honours in Music (Jazz) at Leeds College of Music and studied under Sebastiaan De Krom. In 2018 she studied a Master’s Degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London with the Archer Scholarship, under a variety of tutors including Asaf Sirkis and Gene Calderazzo.
In 2014 she won the adjudicators award and Best Section Award at The Great North Big Band Festival. She also received a place on the Keep an eye jazz summer school at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2015 where she worked with artists such as John Riley and Dick Oatts (From the Manhattan School of Music). In 2018 she was given the opportunity to play Percussion with the WOW (Women of the World) Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London as part of a festival of women.
Abbie was a dep for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and also played with the NYJO Academy big band, The Trinity Composer’s Big Band, Kinesis: A Drum and Sax duo with Harry Keeble, A Quintet with Postgraduate students at Trinity, The NYJO Quintet, The Jazztones, Paul Edis Trio, Durham Alumni Big Band, Strictly Smokin’ Big band and more.
She has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Simon Spillett, Paul Edis, Matt Roberts, Keith Loftis, Pee Wee Ellis, Jon Faddis, Julian Siegel, Abram Wilson, The Session, The Soul Rebels, The Stooges brass band, The Royal Marines, Eminence Brass, members of the Halle Orchestra, John Riley, Jay Anderson, Dick Oatts, Edo Righini, Members of the Mingus Big Band (Boris Kozlov, Alex Norris and Wayne Escoffery), The Hackney Colliery band, Sebastiaan de Krom, Ed Jones, Zoltan Dekany, John Kefala-Kerr, Jean Toussaint, Steve Watts, Andrea Vicary and more.
Abbie Finn Trio with Harry Keeble and Paul Grainger. Photo by Carlo Viglianisi.
Kinesis with Harry Keeble. Photo by Carlo Viglianisi.
She has played in a range of different ensembles including big bands, small jazz ensembles, Samba Band, wind bands, orchestras, rock bands and brass bands. Abbie also plays trumpet, bass guitar and piano and loves composing, arranging and musical directing. She created her own big band whilst studying for her Undergraduate degree, which she organised, directed and arranged music for.
Please see the Blog page for up to date information on Abbie.
Thanks to Robert Woods for the main featured image.