Hi Fans and Friends!
I’ve been enjoying a rare couple of weeks “off the grid”, relaxing a good bit at home as well as catching up on some post production work for upcoming releases on my Hollistic MusicWorks label (see below). It’s back to work now, with a number of performances alongside great musicians to look forward to in July:
Brian Lynch Unsung Heroes in Camden; All Star Quartet at Smalls NYC
I have two leader gigs coming up, both with smoking bands. On Monday, June 29 (8:00 PM), my “Unsung Heroes” quintet comes to the Sunset Jazz Series at Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden, NJ (just across the river from Philly). This edition of Unsung Heroes features the magnificent tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore and bassist Gerald Cannon, along with UH regulars Rob Schneiderman on piano and Pete Van Nostrand on drums. This group will be going into the studio in NYC that same week to record Rob Schneiderman’s music.
Moving to the end of July, I’ll be renewing my musical partnership on Thursday the 30th (10:30 PM) with the prodigiously talented young pianist Emmet Cohen in quartet form at NYC’s hip club Smalls. The truly amazing drums and bass of Ralph Peterson and Boris Kozlov will ensure that the music, from the Hollistic MusicWorks release Questioned Answer, will be taken to a new level!
Straight Ahead And Swinging with LeDonne and Cobb; Messengers Legacy in Europe
I’ll be on the NYC scene uptown at the wonderful club Smoke for July 4th weekend (July 3rd – 5th, Friday through Sunday) with my old friend Mike Le Donne’s quintet, featuring the legendary Jimmy Cobb on drums for a tribute to Nat Adderley. Ralph Moore and John Webber on bass round out this great group. It’s going to be swinging!
Then it’s off to Europe for a short jaunt with The Messengers Legacy, a group celebrating the music of Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers as played by alumni of that seminal jazz institution. Along with myself, the lineup that drummer and organizer Ralph Peterson has put together for this tour is stellar: Craig Handy on alto sax, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Johnny O’Neal on piano, and Essiet Okon Essiet on bass. We’ll be playing the Jazz A Vienne festival in France (July 9) and hitting two nights in Paris at the newly reopened Duc de Lombards club in Montparnasse (I played there with the Jazz Messengers in 1989!)
News From The Recording Front: Madera Latino Sneak Peek
A few of you out there might be wondering what ever happened to the Woody Shaw Latin Jazz project that I was working on (quite) a while back. I’ve had to put the project aside for a while due to a lack of time to work on it, but I’ve been able to resume post production over the last month and now am seeing light at the end of the tunnel. I’m very excited about this recording. “Madera Latino” (Latin Wood) is a celebration of the music of the great Woody Shaw arranged in Latin Jazz form by myself, with an all star cast of jazz trumpeters and Latin Jazz luminaries.
I’m so eager for this music to get out into the world that I’m jumping the gun by sharing a sneak peek of one track, still in the final stages of mixing. “Zoltan”, composed by Woody Shaw and arranged by yours truly, features the stellar trumpet lineup of Dave Douglas, Etienne Charles, Diego Urcola, and myself. Listen to it here:
It’s hot in the South, rainy in the Midwest, and who knows what elsewhere, but I hope you’ll be keeping cool, dry, and swinging wherever you are! Until a little later:
All The Best,