BRIAN LYNCH WINS TWO 2017 JAZZ JOURNALIST ASSOCIATION AWARDS (JJA):
* TRUMPETER OF THE YEAR* & *RECORD OF THE YEAR*
Trumpeter Brian Lynch and Hollistic MusicWorks are proud to announce their double success in the 2017 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, the winners of whom were announced on May 17th by the JJA. Lynch has been named Trumpeter Of The Year by the association, and his latest recording, the Grammy© Award nominated Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Interpretation On The Music Of Woody Shaw was named Record Of The Year.
Winners of the 21st Annual Jazz Awards, celebrating 41 categories of excellence in music and music journalism, were determined by the two-stage voting of full JJA members — writers, broadcasters, photographers, videographers and other media professionals engaged in disseminating news and views of jazz.
Lynch stated after hearing the news of his awards: “I’m elated over this signal recognition of my work as a performer and recording artist by this prestigious organization. To receive a JJA Jazz Award is to be conferred a distinct and coveted honor. To receive two in the same year is almost beyond belief! I would like to dedicate these awards to the living and growing legacy of the great Black American musical genius Woody Shaw, whose time is coming closer every day as more musicians and listeners recognize the vital importance of his work to the continuation of this art; and to all independent artists like myself everywhere – as someone who many of us are missing very much right now once said, ‘yes we can!’”
JJA Record Of The Year Madera Latino explores the music of jazz innovator and master trumpeter Woody Shaw, a main influence on Lynch’s work as player and composer, through the lens of authentic Afro-Caribbean rhythm, framed by the loving treatment of his compositions in virtuosic Latin Jazz style by Lynch. It is also a heartfelt tribute to the genius of Shaw by a all star lineup of today’s top trumpeters: Lynch, Sean Jones, Dave Douglas, Diego Urcola, Michael Rodriguez, Etienne Charles, Josh Evans, and Philip Dizack, along with a truly mighty Latin Jazz rhythm section: percussionists Pedrito Martinez and Little Johnny Rivero, bassist Luques Curtis (all three integral to the success of Lynch’s 2006 CD Simpático, a Grammy@ Award winner in the Latin Jazz category), along with drummer Obed Calvaire, percussionist Anthony Carrillo, and pianist Zaccai Curtis.
See The EPK for Madera Latino here: https://youtu.be/jxPfVCA0puw
As a jazz trumpet star, Lynch’s career over the span of more than 35 years has been a notable one, dating back to long tenures with the Horace Silver Quintet and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the 1980s and early 1990’s and leading to epic collaborations straddling each side of the millennium with Latin/ Latin Jazz icon Eddie Palmieri and alto sax legend Phil Woods. Other artists in the jazz, Latin, and allied music fields that he has had significant associations with include Benny Golson, Hector LaVoe, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lila Downs, Charles McPherson, and Prince, among countless others. Throughout his career, Lynch has led his own bands, touring the US, Europe and Japan since the 1980s, and has also co-led ensembles with colleagues such as trombonist Conrad Herwig (notable for the Latin Side series of recordings).
After 17 albums as a leader on the Criss Cross, Sharp Nine, Ken, EWE, Z’oot Jazz, Nagel Heyer and Artist Share labels, Lynch established his own label, Hollistic MusicWorks, in 2010. Notable releases on HMW besides Madera Latino include his Downbeat 5 star rated Unsung Heroes series (2010–13) legendary drummer Killer Ray Appleton’s Naptown Legacy (2013) and Questioned Answer, a co-led project with rising piano star Emmet Cohen (2014). Hollistic MusicWorks’ new and upcoming releases for the balance of 2017 include pianist Rob Schneiderman’s Tone Twister, with Lynch, Ralph Moore, Gerald Cannon and Pete Van Nostrand; trumpeter Jared Hall’s Hallways, the first release in HMW’s Mentor Series showcasing emerging artists; and Lynch’s own Songbook Vol. 1, featuring Jim Snidero, Orrin Evans, Boris Kozlov, and Donald Edwards. For more information about Hollistic MusicWorks, see the label website at http://hollisticmusicworks.com.
Lynch is also active as an educator and is Professor Of Studio Music And Jazz at The Frost School Of Music, The University Of Miami. Other educational associations include Artist In Residence for the Wisconsin Conservatory Of Music’s Jazz Institute, and Artist In Residence and Director for Ensamble Tonica, Fundacion Tonica GDL, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Brian Lynch is a Yamaha Performing Artist and endorses Austin Custom Brass mouthpieces as well as the Lefreque Sound Bridge.
For more information about Brian Lynch along with his performing schedule, see his website at www.brianlynchjazz.com.
The past week brought some great news for me and the Hollistic MusicWorks label – my “Madera Latino” project, celebrating the music of the great Woody Shaw through a Latin Jazz lens and featuring some of today’s top jazz trumpeters, has been nominated for a Grammy© in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album! This is my fourth Grammy nomination, and comes exactly 10 years after my “Simpático” CD in collaboration with Eddie Palmieri won a Grammy in the same category. It’s the first nomination for my label Hollistic MusicWorks, and a testament to the power of DYI (do it yourself)! It wouldn’t have been possible without the great musicians that participated (my trumpet brothers and others), engineers, video/photo crew and the backers for the Kickstarter project that raised funds for Madera’s publicity campaign. (a tally of some of these wonderful folks is at the bottom of this message)
Receiving a Grammy nomination for this project, which was a real labor of love for me over these last four years, fulfilled my every desire for this recording, or so I thought. I now have to admit to you, and to myself, that now that the project has gotten this far, I’m harboring a little hope that it may go all the way. There’s some other great records by friends and colleagues on the nomination list in my category. But I might dare to believe that, with luck, faith, and continuing to spread the word, Madera Latino may win that Grammy, for myself, the other great artists that joined me on the recording, and for the memory and spirit of my musical hero and the “last of the line”, Woody Shaw.
I’d like to invite you to share in this quest by letting your friends, family and networks know about Madera Latino. Some of you may know voting NARAS members; probably most of you don’t but no matter – if you give this project a little love, I think it will help it spread its wings and fly where it needs to be.
To this end, I invite you to listen to Madera Latino at your leisure via my SoundCloud feed. This link will be live up until Grammy ballots are due in mid January: https://soundcloud.com/hollistic-musicworks/sets/brian-lynch-madera-latino
You can also buy Madera Latino if you’d like! The physical CD can be purchased through Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Madera-Latino-Latin-Jazz-Interpretation/dp/B01LYGP0MA/ref=sr_1_1_twi_aud_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1481550919&sr=8-1&keywords=madera+latino
or CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/brianlynch12?_ga=1.244694149.1272328525.1473704975 (Hollistic MusicWorks direct coming soon!):
Downloads can be procured (including a PDF booklet) at my Hollistic MusicWorks Bandcamp site: https://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/album/madera-latino-a-latin-jazz-interpretation-on-the-music-of-woody-shaw
or through iTunes.
It’s the perfect holiday gift!
Madera Latino is also coming to a town near you! Dates confirmed so far in 2017 include:
Jan 3-4: New York, NY – The Jazz Standard
Feb. 25: Miami, FL – Miami Downtown Jazz Festival
and more on the way!
Thanks for reading this and thanks for the support so many of you have given to my work and the work of the artists on Hollistic MusicWorks!
Madera Latino Credits:
Sean Jones (trumpet)
Dave Douglas (trumpet)
Diego Urcola (trumpet)
Etienne Charles (trumpet)
Mike Rodriguez (trumpet)
Josh Evans (trumpet)
Philip Dizack (rumpet)
Bryan Davis (trumpet)
Zaccai Curtis (piano)
Luques Curtis (bass)
Obed Calvaire (drums)
Pedrito Martinez (timbales, congas)
Little Johnny Rivero (congas)
Anthony Carrillo (bongo, campaña)
Mike Marciano (engineer)
Erik Piza (engineer)
Tyler McDiarmid (mix consultant)
Katsuhiko Naito (mastering)
Video: Nick Myers & Aaron Rockers (A-V Web Pro); Gary Stager
Photos: Nick Myers, Gary Stager
Associate Producer: Woody Shaw III
Executive Producer (Kickstarter): Frank Abenante
…and thanks to all the Kickstarter backers, including Tom Dambly. Simon Pilbrow, dscollins, and 122 others!
Brian Lynch (trumpet, engineer, mixing, producer, album design, all arrangements)
For Your Consideration – Brian Lynch’s “Madera Latino”
Those of you who have visited this site lately (actually, for more than a little while) may have been justly disappointed by the lack of updates and new content. Believe me, I’m disappointed, too! It’s been daunting to try to keep up with updating this site at the same time as dealing with Facebook and all the other social media that seems to be of paramount importance now.
I’m hoping to address this problem very soon with a complete makeover and resent of brianlynchjazz.com. This will follow the relaunch of my label site, hollisticmusicworks.com which should happen within the next month.
So please be patient – I hope to have a new brianlynchjazz.com launched by the end of the year.