News – End Of Summer 2012

August 23rd, 2012

Yeah, it’s been a long time indeed since I’ve dropped a newsletter! Since I’ve been getting inquiries whether my mailing list is still intact, I thought I’d better get busy and pull some things together to recount. Guess I’ve been so busy doing that it’s hard to tell about it. That’s where I’m a little “old school” – we older cats grew up in an era where social networking meant “after hours”, not Facebook.

Anyhow, here’s my “new school”, “all about me” report. There might be a thing or two of interest to you….

SUMMER MADNESS – when will it end?

Even as the new school year is starting up for me at the University Of Miami Frost School, my summer touring still has not ended. I’m writing while enroute to Johannesburg, South Africa for 2 performances at the Johannesburg Jazz Festival with Eddie Palmieri. This is the capper to a busy and exciting summer with Eddie, taking part in his 75th Birthday tour. Highlights were playing for a crowd of over 50,000 at the Parque de Salsa festival in Bogota, Colombia (Aug. 17);

a memorable concert at the Marciac Jazz Festival in France (Aug. 9)

and a number of double bills of Eddie’s salsa orchestra with the wonderful Ruben Blades, including at the Hollywood Bowl(Aug. 15).

Phil Woods and the Quintet were active this summer too, with a Japanese tour and a week in NYC at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in July.

My own gigs included a magical performance at NYC’s Rubin Museum as part of their Harlem in the Himalayas series (Aug. 3).

Still to come are two concerts in Boston and Detroit with my “Unsung Heroes” project. Since they’re still coming up (but quick) , maybe some of you out there can stop by!

Brian Lynch’s  “Unsung Heroes” Project featuring Bill Pierce at Scullers Jazz Club – Thursday, August 30

Brian Lynch – trumpet
Bill Pierce – tenor sax
Rob Schneiderman – piano
David Wong – bass
Pete Van Nostrand – drums

Performances at 8 and 10 PM

Brian Lynch’s  “Unsung Heroes” Project featuring Vincent Herring at the Detroit Jazz Festival – Sunday, September 2

Brian Lynch – trumpet
Vincent Herring – alto sax
Alex Hoffman- tenor sax
Rob Schneiderman – piano
David Wong – bass
Pete Van Nostrand – drums

Performance at 6:30 PM – Pyramid Stage

The rhythm section and I will also be hosting the Festival jam session later that evening.

MADERA LATINO -Woody Shaw en Clave!

In the middle of all this touring and playing, I managed to pull off a pretty cool recording project for my Hollistic MusicWorks label. Some of you may remember a couple of years ago the “Madera Latino” (Latin Wood) concert I did for the Festival Of New Trumpet Music celebration of Woody Shaw. I decided for this summer’s record date to revise and expand that music, write a couple of original pieces dedicated to Woody, and invite some of my favorite trumpet players to play these Latin-jazz imaginings of the great master’s music with astounding rhythm section players and percussionists . It was a blast!  Here’s a few shots from the sessions showing this killer cast:

(all photos by Gary Stager)

Bryan Davis, Etienne Charles, me, Diego Urcola, Dave Douglas

me and Dave Douglas;  Sean Jones and I working out:


Mike Rodriguez, me, and Josh Evans:

Luques (b) & Zaccai (p) Curtis:


Obed Calvaire (d); Little Johnny Rivero (conga):


and Pedro Martinez, Anthony Carillo (percussion)

Trumpeters, Latin Jazz fans, Jazz fans, Woody Shaw fans, this is going to be a good one. The second stage (post production) starts soon and you can be a part of it! I’ll be letting you know how very soon – stay tuned! “Madera Latino” will be dropping next spring from

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