OK, all – catching up with doings in the last year if anyone’s interested. First off, let’s put 2017 to bed!
Brian’s Top 5 for the 2nd Half of 2017:
Charles McPherson Quintet: Denver (7/11-12); Albuquerque (7/29)
It’s always a honor and a pleasure to play alongside one of the true masters of the music; I’m in as much awe of his artistry and wisdom as when I first apprenticed under him in San Diego all these many years ago.
Special Guest with Donald Harrison Quintet: Jazz Standard NYC (8/21-24)
Another master, of my own generation. An inspiration, an influence both musically and personally, and a friend. It’s great to be on the bandstand with you, D! And with a fantastic band to boot!: pianist (and my frequent collaborator) Zaccai Curtis, guitarist Detroit Brooks, bassist Jasen Weaver and drummer Joe Dyson.
Brian Lynch And Spheres Of Influence Play Monk: Jazz Standard NYC (10/18)
My favorite club to play at on NYC, starting to become a bit of a home for my ventures. This one nighter was a part of a month long festival of Monk’s music at the Standard, celebrating the maestro’s 100th birthday. On this gig, Spheres Of Influence reflected Monk in Latin-jazz style, with the talents of Zaccai Curtis, brother Luques Curtis on bass, Robby Ameen on drums, and Little Johnny Rivero on percussion keeping it on the real! A great gig with a great audience on hand.
Brian Lynch And Spheres Of Influence Miami Edition: Dominican Republic Jazz Festival (11/4)
I’ve been spending some time in Miami over the last few years, teaching at the Frost School Of Music and enjoying playing with the amazing musicians in the South Florida community, along with the outstanding students coming out of our school. My Miami Spheres “edition” is the equal of any band I could put together in NYC: Kemuel Roig (piano), Rodner Padilla (bass), Hilario Bell (drums), and Murphy Aucamp (percussion) all killed it on the international stage! The wonderful Sean Jones joined us on trumpet to play a couple of songs from my recent Grammy nominated Madera Latino album, along with good friend and ace saxophonist Marco Pignataro.
Brian Lynch And Spheres Of Influence Miami Edition featuring Nicole Yarling: Pinecrest Gardens, Miami (12/9)
An expanded version of the SOI Miami band, featuring a treasure of the South Florida music scene, vocalist and violinist Nicole Yarling, spread hold cheer amongst the lush vegetation at this truly beautiful outdoor venue.