I hope those of you in NYC on July 28th can come down to Iridium to hear these great musicians! Read the press release below… Brian
Keystone Korner Nights / Todd Barkan Presents:
Brian Lynch Quartet
featuring Jabali Billy Hart (drums) and Peter Washington (bass) and introducing pianist Emmet Cohen
celebrating the upcoming release of
Brian Lynch / Emmet Cohen: Quartet and Duo (Hollistic MusicWorks HMW 12)
Sunday, July 28 at 8 and 10 PM
1650 Broadway (51st)
New York, NY 10019
For reservations (212) 582-2121
Join Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, along with the latest rising star on the modern jazz horizon, Emmet Cohen on piano, master bassist and personal favorite Peter Washington, and the iconic drums of the legendary Jabali Billy Hart. The evening will be devoted to performing music from the upcoming recording collaboration by Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen, to be released in October on Lynch’s Hollistic MusicWorks label.
In their forthcoming Hollistic MusicWorks release, the collaboration between principals Lynch and Cohen results in a seamless, multi-generational blend of sensibility expressed through virtuoso playing and evocative writing. Pianist Emmet Cohen – 2012 finalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition and now rapidly making his name on the NYC jazz scene – first came to Brian Lynch’s attention when he heard his trio on the 2011 Jazz Cruise. Subsequently their paths were to cross in the academic arena when Lynch assumed his position as Professor of Jazz and Studio Music at the Frost School Of Music – University Of Miami in Fall 2011, where Cohen was finishing up his undergraduate degree. Cohen’s decision to seek Lynch’s mentoring as part of his curriculum, not to mention the natural affinity the two had for each other’s musical approach, resulted in significant playing and performing time together, and now a full scale recording project that offers compelling evidence of the rapport between these two gifted musicians both in quartet (Boris Kozlov on bass and the great Jabali Billy Hart on drums) and duo formats.
One firmly established as an modern master and the other rapidly becoming a new force to be reckoned with on the scene, together Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen are making a significant contribution to the cause of contemporary and swinging music today! Be a witness to their artistry on July 28 at Iridium and on record in October 2013.
Trumpeter and Grammy© Award Winner Brian Lynch brings to his music an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience. A honored graduate of two of the jazz world’s most distinguished academies, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet, he has received wide acclaim during his long tenures with Latin Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri and straight ahead master Phil Woods. He has also been a valued collaborator with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Charles McPherson; Latin music icons as diverse as Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs; and pop luminaries such as Prince. As a bandleader and recording artist he has released 19 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his distinctive composing and arranging, and toured the world with various ensembles reflecting the wide sweep of his music. He currently is Associate Professor at the Frost School Of Music, University of Miami as well as conducting clinics and workshops at prestigious institutions of learning the world over. His talents have been recognized by top placing in the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls (#3 Trumpet Critics Poll); highly rated reviews for his work in Downbeat, Jazziz and Jazz Times; 2005 and 2007 Grammy award nominations, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and Meet The Composer.
Brian’s most recent CD releases as a leader include the Downbeat 5 star rated Unsung Heroes project (Hollistic MusicWorks), ConClave Vol. 2 with his Spheres Of Influence group (CrissCross) the Grammy Award winning Simpático featuring Eddie Palmieri (ArtistShare), and Bolero Nights For Billie Holiday (Venus).
“You can lose yourself in the pure energy of his playing, but at any moment you can switch your attention to the logic and craftsmanship of his music and find multiple rewards.” NEIL TESSER, Jazziz
“Lynch demonstrates that a dedicated, knowledgeable jazzman can play a diversity of styles with telling authenticity, and make the renditions extremely appealing to both musician and neophyte…Lynch is simply first-rate.” ZAN STEWART, Downbeat
For more information about Brian Lynch, see his website at www.brianlynchjazz.com
At 22, jazz piano prodigy Emmet Cohen plays with the maturity and confidence of a seasoned veteran. With astonishing technique and an innovative harmonic palate, Emmet engenders a deep musical bond with his audience. He has shared the bandstand with a plethora of Jazz luminaries, including Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Patti Austin, Maceo Parker, Carmen Bradford, Billy Hart, and many others. After pursuing a music degree at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he studied with esteemed pianists Shelly Berg and Martin Bejerano, he is currently finishing his Masters studies at the Manhattan School Of Music.
Emmet has been playing piano since he started Suzuki lessons in his native Miami at age 3. He continued studying classical music at a youth keyboard program at the University of Miami, and upon moving to Montclair, NJ at age 10, was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where he majored for seven years in classical piano in the studio of Dr. Peter Vinograde. His interest in jazz gradually intensified over these years, and he was fortunate to be exposed to and mentored by some of the great jazz musicians in the New York metropolitan area such as Bruce Williams, Cecil Brooks III, Dave Stryker, Billy Hart, and Jeremy Manasia.
Since then he has played and performed at some of the top jazz clubs and festivals around the world, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Bern (Switzerland) Jazz Festival, and River to River Festival (NYC). In September of 2011 Emmet won third prize in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Backed by Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker, he performed a set at the Kennedy Center in front of 2,000 people. Since his move to New York City in 2012, he has made rapid inroads into the NYC jazz scene, leading groups at venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (Jazz At Lincoln Center) and Smoke, and performing at the NYC Blue Note as a member of the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band.
Emmet’s debut album, “In the Element” featuring Joe Sanders and Rodney Green, has received many positive reviews. Emmet is also an accomplished Hammond B3 organ player, and performs regularly in the NY/NJ and Miami areas, as both a leader and a sideman.
Hollistic MusicWorks is the entity established by renowned trumpeter Brian Lynch to provide a forum for his varied musical interests, both his own work and by those artists he admires. HMW strives to employ new technologies wherever they occur to advance the cause of real music in all its forms. The scope of HMW encompasses not only recorded sound, but also written music, education, live performance, and music technology. HMW’s initial release Unsung Heroes received a 5 star rating in Downbeat Magazine. Upcoming releases for Hollistic MusicWorks feature new recordings by the Brian Lynch/Emmet Cohen Quartet featuring Billy Hart and Boris Kozlov, and a star studded Latin Jazz tribute to the music of Woody Shaw with an all trumpet front line of Lynch, Sean Jones, Dave Douglas, Mike Rodriguez, and other great trumpeters. Most recently, HMW’s released legendary drummer and long-time friend of Brian Lynch, “Killer” Ray Appleton’s NAPTOWN LEGACY to a wide range of critical acclaim including NPR, JazzTimes and the New York Times. Other upcoming HMW releases include Lynch’s Unsung Heroes Vol. 2 and the awaited reissue of the Grammy© Award winning Simpático by the Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project, originally on Artist Share. http://hollisticmusicworks.com