Saturday, May 20th, 2017



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:

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 (201013) 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

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

Kim Smith
public relations

Madera Latino Nominated For Grammy!

Monday, December 12th, 2016


Hi Everyone,

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:

You can also buy Madera Latino if you’d like! The physical CD can be purchased through Amazon:

or CD Baby (Hollistic MusicWorks direct coming soon!):

Downloads can be procured (including a PDF booklet) at my Hollistic MusicWorks Bandcamp site:

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!

Brian Lynch

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 – Madera Latino

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

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 For Your Consideration – Brian Lynch’s “Madera Latino” 

Watch the Madera Latino EPK here:
The Hollistic MusicWorks label is happy to announce that trumpeter Brian Lynch’s  “Madera Latino – A Latin Jazz Perspective On The Music Of Woody Shaw” project, a 2 CD set, has been placed on the Official Ballot for the 59th Grammy© Awards!
We would like to ask any of you who are voting NARAS members for your consideration in selecting Madera Latino in first round voting for nomination in these categories:
Best Latin Jazz Album
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
The Grammy first round ballots have been sent to all voting members and must be received by the Academy by Friday, November 4.
If you know someone else who is casting their vote in this year’s Grammys, please forward this email and ask for their consideration on Madera Latino’s behalf.
Even if you’re not a voting member, we’d still appreciate it if you spread the word to everyone you know about this project, via social media, email, or simple word of mouth!  Hollistic MusicWorks and Brian are very proud of what we’ve accomplished with this project.
You can listen to Madera Latino here:
And the EPK for Madera Latino, explaining the concept of this recording, is here:
It’s been exactly 10 years since Brian Lynch’s  CD “Simpatico” in collaboration with Eddie Palmieri won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album, and we think Madera Latino has what it takes to grab another one, with your help.
Thanks for your consideration!
Brian Lynch and Hollistic MusicWorks
PS – Oh, by the way – we achieved our Kickstarter goal for Madera Latino! Hooray!
“I am very proud of what Brian has done with this project, and particularly of the depth of sincerity and the meticulousness with which he has treated the re-interpretation of Woody Shaw’s original works within the Afro-Latino idiom. My respect and gratitude go out to the musicians on this recording for keeping the spirit of this music – and of one of its last great innovators – alive and strong in the 21st century.”
Woody Louis Armstrong Shaw, III.
Hollistic MusicWorks is the record label and creative conduit of Brian Lynch – Grammy© Award winning trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator. In addition to hosting Lynch’s own recording projects, HMW provides a home for other artists deserving of respect and recognition, ranging from veteran artists such as legendary drummer Killer Ray Appleton and the brilliant pianist/composer Rob Schneiderman, to emerging new artists personally mentored by Lynch.

Watch This Space For Renovations

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Hi All,

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 This will follow the relaunch of my label site, which should happen within the next month.

So please be patient – I hope to have a new launched by the end of the year.

Thanks, y’all!




Long Overdue BL Updates! Part 1 – Second Half Of 2015

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Hi Everyone,

Here I go again – another attempt to catch up and make up for my lack of posting on this site for a dreadfully long amount of time! It’s been so long in matter of fact, that I now need to issue a multi part update. This first post will cover the second half of last year.


What a joy it is to play music together with great people and players! I had a lot of good gigs in the second half of 2015. Here are some highlights:
A concert at Jazz A Vienne and two nights at the Duc de Lombards in Paris with The Messenger Legacy, a group devoted to the music of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, played by alumni of the band. This edition comprised myself, Ralph Peterson (presiding on drums), Craig Handy (tenor sax), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Johnny O’Neal (piano), and Essiet Essiet (bass). The eminent one, Grand Master Benny Golson, joined us on the set in Vienne. We had a fun time in Paris,  hanging with friends and fans!
August in Guadalajara, Mexico saw “The Meeting” of Aaron Goldberg (piano), Jon Irabagon (tenor sax), Reuben Rogers (bass), and Greg Hutchinson (drums) playing my music for a headline concert at the Jalisco Jazz Festival:
I had some great gigs at Smalls in NYC with my quartet: one in July with Emmet Cohen (piano), Boris Kozlov (bass), and Ralph Peterson and again in December for a two day run with Emmet, Luques Curtis (bass), and grand master Billy Hart (drums):
It’s always an honor an a thrill to play with another grand master, alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, who I go back with more than 35 years. The Jazz Standard run in October with Jeb Patton (piano), Ray Drummond (bass), and Billy Drummond (drums) was the best yet!
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I put together my “Boleros Meet Jazz” presentation for radio station WDNA at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium at the end of October, and it was a gas! NEA Jazz Master Candido Camero, my buddy and jazz icon Donald Harrison, and the fantastic Cuban singer Gema Corradera headlined a show that also featured a crack 9 piece band of Miami and NYC’s finest:
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I love the people and program at Michigan State University a whole lot! I was an Artist In Residence at the school in October for workshops as well as a state wide tour with MSU’s “Bebop Spartans” playing my big band music. I had a great time with students and professors alike! It was great to get to know Jazz Studies chair and great bassist Rodney Whitaker better, as well as hang with one of my main cats, trumpeter Etienne Charles.
So many other things happened! – but I want to move on to this year. The next post will get things up to date…