News December 2013

November 30th, 2013

It’s been a while since my last update. A lot of good things have been going on, and now that things have slowed down a little bit (even as we swing into the holidays) I can take a moment to recount for those who are interested.

JAZZ TIMES FEATURE

JT story 1Last month’s (October 2013) issue of Jazz Times had a very nice feature story about yours truly, well written and researched by Michael West. For better or worse, the spiffy photo by my buddy Nick Ruechel of me resplendent in a coral (it only looks pink) Paul Smith suit looks like a new trademark shot for me. The Yamaha ad in the same issue featured a more sober NY black vine though. Order the magazine through http://jazztimes.com/ It’s the Brass Issue, and there’s stories about a lot of other players as well.

LYNCH/COHEN KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN SUCCESS

It was a nail biter, almost last moment thing, but the Kickstarter crowd funding campaign for production of the upcoming Brian Lynch / Emmet Cohen recording on Hollistic MusicWorks met its goal. The funding will go towards post production of the completed tracks (mixing, mastering), manufacturing of the physical CD (yes, we still make those), promotion and tour support for the recording. The CD will be out early next year. The main challenge right now is to find the time to get the work done!

Thanks to all the supporters of this project – we are so thankful and we love you madly! Your assistance makes it possible for us to bring to you and the world high quality work that expresses our artistic vision in the way we think it deserves.

Check out the Kickstarter appeal video with some impromptu duo jamming by Emmet and myself:

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And the Quartet live at NYC’s Iridium last July:

UNSUNG HEROES VOL. 2 – FINALLY ON CD!

I’m happy to relate that the second volume of my acclaimed (5 stars in Downbeat) Unsung Heroes project is finally available on physical CD, after existing purely in the ethereal (digital download) realm for so long. You can cop at Amazon, CD Baby, or on the Hollistic MusicWorks website.

Check out the press release for Unsung Heroes Vol. 2 here.

FALL PERFORMANCE TOUR

I had a blast playing at home in New York and out on the road this fall with some great musicians, peers, mentors, and legends alike.

The end of September found me way up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where bassist Steve Kirby is keeping the flame strong through his stewardship of the scene as well as his work as chair of the jazz program at the University Of Manitoba. The real deal! We played together with my bud, tenor sax great Eric Alexander and the redoubtable Davis brothers, Xavier on piano and Quincy (also on the faculty at the U) on drums. My friend, trumpet great, and another Manitoba professor, Derrick Gardner, stopped by one of the concerts and played some. Dangerous! There’s some stuff going on up there in Winnipeg!  http://jazzwinnipeg.com/artists/steve-kirby/ 

messengersNext up was a week in NYC at the Jazz Standard and a weekend on the road (Boston, San Francisco, Kansas City) with the Messengers Legacy band. This alumni association of our music’s ultimate finishing school, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, is a most distinguished collection indeed: Donald Harrison (alto sax), Bill Pierce (tenor sax), Donald Brown (piano), the august presence of Reggie Workman (bass), yours truly on trumpet, and Ralph Peterson on drums, who put the group together and can justly lay claim to being a Messenger from his incumbency in Buhaina’s big band in the 1980s. I had a truly great time playing and being together with these giants. We hope to keep this group together and bring the Message to a new generation!

Ecole de ballet - Vedado - La HavaneNot even pausing to stop home (neither NYC or Miami), I then jumped on a plane for Paris to perform at the storied Theatre Du Chatelet with the virtuoso Cuban flautist Orlando “Maraca” Valle and his Latin Jazz All Stars. There were a lot of good buddies there to share the stage with, including Giovanni Hidalgo, El Negro Hernandez, and Steve Turre. A most successful concert, later rebroadcast by French radio.

In the City Of Lights less than 24 hours, I turned right back around to NYC to start a 6 night run between two of the top clubs and alongside two legendary altoists and longtime mentors. At the Blue Note, the Phil Woods Quintet, with which I’m entering my 22nd year as a member, did a two night midweek engagement. Pianist emeritus (and close friend) Bill Charlap graced the group with his artistry, filling in for regular pianist Bill Mays. Then the scene changed to a few blocks uptown back at one of my favorite clubs, the Jazz Standard, with a true master of the art form of jazz music, Charles McPherson. I’m proud every time I can get on stage with Charles. The band was smoking too: Jeb Patton, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, and my main man Johnathan Blake on drums.

It was a great run!

TEACHING, TEACHING, TEACHING

My “day gig” at the University Of Miami’s Frost School of Music continues to reward with stimulating students and amazing colleagues. I’m pleased to relate that I’ve been awarded tenure and advanced to the rank of Associate Professor as of this fall. My artist ensemble at Frost is doing a great job of playing my compositions and arrangements in the Afro-Caribbean jazz idiom alongside me. Check us out here:

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IN OTHER NEWS

1401217_10201071516526486_361312628_oI was honored to be a part of the Cedar Walton Memorial Celebration at NYC’s St. Peter’s Church on November 15th. It was great to play Cedar’s music in the company of old friends, the jazz community, and Cedar’s family. In particular, it was memorable to hook up with my old Horace Silver front line partner (and one of the greatest of my generation on his or any instrument), tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore. Cedar and his music (along with his comrade in arms Clifford Jordan) had a major impact on how I play and what I value musically. After the concert, I had a great hang reminiscing more about the man in the company Ralph, Kenny Washington, Ted Panken, Cedar’s widow Martha Walton and Cilfford Jordan’s widow Sandra, who gave me a fresh CD of Clifford’s “Glass Bead Games”; incredibly touching since it’s one of the most important recordings of my musical life as well as one of the best jazz records of all time! From 1973, Glass Bead Games features Cedar, Sam Jones and Billy Higgins in one of two quartets, the other being pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Bill Lee and Billy. All heroes!

Buy Glass Bead Games here.

All right, enough! Thanks if you made it this far – keep swinging!

 

PRESS RELEASE – BRIAN LYNCH’S “UNSUNG HEROES VOL. 2″ FINALLY RELEASED ON CD!

October 31st, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 14, 2013
Kim Smith PR | ksmithpr@earthlink.net | 917 349 8090

BRIAN LYNCH’S “UNSUNG HEROES VOL. 2″ FINALLY RELEASED ON CD!
THE ACCLAIMED RECORDING PROJECT SALUTING UNDERAPPRECIATED TRUMPET MASTERS NOW “ALL PHYSICAL” TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 12

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“Whether or not they realize it, jazz players owe a serious nod to the many musicians through the years who have influenced and helped shape the branches on the musical tree…not just the household name players, but the many others – active or deceased – who’ve been innovators in their own way. Brian Lynch understands this big time….Lynch and his band…take the music of the aforementioned innovators and add their own contemporary stamp. It is a beautiful project…. Lynch has developed a great way to pay forward the influences that he absorbed.”  - KEN FRANCKLING, Jazz Notes

“The series is more than a tribute; it’s an effort to preserve and perpetuate the bop legacy….While releases like Unsung Heroes appear with some frequency, few sound as accomplished or exuberant.”  
-ERIC FINE, Downbeat (***** 5 Star Review for Vol.1)

“Brian Lynch’s valid thesis is that the great jazz trumpet tradition has been created not only by towering figures like Louis and Dizzy and Miles, but by second-echelon players like Tommy Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, Louis Smith, Claudio Roditi, Kamau Adilifu, Joe Gordon, Ira Sullivan and Charles Tolliver…. Lynch is an articulate trumpet player with his own polished concept, and he does not attempt to mimic the styles of his heroes. His tributes go deeper….Most of all, what makes these tributes authentic is the high level of creative execution throughout Lynch’s sextet.”  -THOMAS CONRAD, Jazz Times

“This isn’t the first sort of “legacy” project in your discography but it seems to be the one getting the most attention….The unearthing of these unrecorded compositions is a major contribution to these musicians you’re celebrating.” -LAZARO VEGA, Blue Lake Public Radio

Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch created a decided stir in 2011 with the release of his Unsung Heroes project. Both an affirmation of his tradition-drenched roots in modern Black American Music (A Jazz Messenger, Brian was also a long time member of Horace Silver’s Quintet as a young man and “paid his dues” with myriad figures of the real jazz tradition including Charles McPherson, Benny Golson, the Phil Woods Quintet, etc.) and a bold statement of artistic self-determination (Unsung Heroes was the maiden voyage of Brian’s label Hollistic MusicWorks, dedicated to independence of the artist and integrity of the music expressed by 21st century means), Unsung Heroes received attention and acclaim far past what is usually expected from what Brian himself described as a “…collection of unpretentious and straight ahead music”, including a 5 star review in Downbeat Magazine. This is an indication of the rare excellence of the Unsung Heroes project, in its fresh conception and in its brilliant and swinging execution by the Unsung Heroes band (Lynch, alto sax master Vincent Herring, tenor saxophonist Alex Hoffman, the brilliant pianist Rob Schneiderman, bassist David Wong, and drummer Pete Van Nostrand). Now, on November 12, 2013, the second volume of Unsung Heroes is at last available on CD.

 

The elements that make Unsung Heroes stand out among the many superficially similar “straight-ahead jazz” releases of the past few years are numerous and sharply marked. First, the concept: far from being a rote “celebration” of the obvious jazz icons, Unsung Heroes plumbs the rich depth of the music in exploring the work of such underappreciated masters as (on the second volume) trumpeters Tommy Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, and Joe Gordon. Having access to unrecorded scores (courtesy of publisher and project supporter Don Sickler of www.jazzleadsheets.com) and other primary sources of these artists created the possibility of recording new and unheard music for these sessions, in contrast to either a rote recitation of a previously recorded version or a “reimagining” remote from the composer’s intention. And most of all, the fresh, unforced quality of the performances throughout sets Unsung Heroes apart from those present day releases that all too often exhibit the “anxiety of influence”, either by the slavish obedience to it or the headlong flight from it. The musicians of Unsung Heroes are secure in their ability to make swinging, straight-ahead music without cliche, and Unsung Heroes Vol. 2 is further confirmation of that fact. The Unsung Heroes project is an affirmation of the continuing relevance of the form when it’s done right!

 

UNSUNG HEROES VOL. 2 ON CD: STREET DATE NOV. 12 (Hollistic MusicWorks HMW2)
AVAILABLE THROUGH AMAZON, CD BABY, AND INDEPENDENT RECORD RETAILERS
and also through http://hollisticmusicworks.com

BUY NOW! http://hollisticmusicworks.com/store/cds/unsung-heroes-vol-2-cd/

THE UNSUNG HEROES PROJECT ON DIGITAL: Vol. 1 and 2 available on ITunes, eMusic, and Amazon
Both volumes along with alternate takes from the sessions (Unsung Heroes Vol. 3) and play along versions of Unsung Heroes tracks are available at the Hollistic MusicWorks Bandcamp site: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com 

Brian Lynch / Emmet Cohen Recording Project Kickstarter Campaign Now Live!

August 13th, 2013

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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1927361678/brian-lynch-emmet-cohen-recording-release

Hollistic MusicWorks, in collaboration with Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen, is happy to announce that the Kickstarter campaign in support of their upcoming recording Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen – Quartet and Duo is now live!

Kickstarter is the pioneering crowd funding platform that has become the support vehicle for creative artists ranging from Spike Lee to your local creator down the street. Kickstarter and Hollistic MusicWorks are no strangers to each other, with Brian Lynch’s Unsung Heroes recording project being supported by funding from a successful Kickstarter project in 2010.

With Kickstarter all funding Is dependent on the overall fund raising goal being reached, and in a limited amount of time; in this case the deadline is September 12, which happens to be Brian’s birthday!

The collaboration between Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Lynch and new star on the modern jazz horizon Cohen is shaping up to be one of the must have discs for 2013-2014. Joined by legendary drummer Billy Hart and master bassist Boris Kozlov, Lynch and Cohen present a quartet program of originals bridging traditional and contemporary sounds with virtuosity, passion and swinging aplomb. As a duo, they essay and recast jazz classics and standards with warmth, intelligence and lack of cliche.

Funding proceeds from successfully reaching the Kickstarter goal will go towards completing the production of the recording (mixing, mastering, and manufacturing), as well as publicity, promotion and other support for the CD and digital releases. We want to give this music the exposure it deserves!

Support Brian and Emmet as they bring their opus to fruition! A variety of exciting rewards await those who choose to support these intrepid and talented artists in their present musical journey. Rewards are tailored to all different levels of support as well as type of supporter, from fan to patron of the arts and corporate sponsor.

Learn about the Brian Lynch / Emmet Cohen Project and pledge your support here

View the Official Video:

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Listen to rough mixes from the Quartet and Duo:

Quartet: Cambios

Duo: How Deep Is The Ocean

Thanks For Your Support & Keep Swinging,

Brian & Hollistic MusicWorks

 

Brian Lynch Quartet July 28 @ Iridium NYC featuring Billy Hart and Peter Washington and introducing Emmet Cohen

July 9th, 2013

Hi All,

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

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(photo from recording session:Emmet Cohen, Jabali Billy Hart, Brian Lynch, Boris Kozlov)

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

Iridium
1650 Broadway (51st)
New York, NY 10019
For reservations (212) 582-2121
www.theiridium.com

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.

 

Brian Lynch

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

 Emmet Cohen

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

 

News – End Of Summer 2012

August 23rd, 2012

Yeah, it’s been a long time indeed since I’ve dropped a newsletter! Since I’ve been getting inquiries whether my mailing list is still intact, I thought I’d better get busy and pull some things together to recount. Guess I’ve been so busy doing that it’s hard to tell about it. That’s where I’m a little “old school” – we older cats grew up in an era where social networking meant “after hours”, not Facebook.

Anyhow, here’s my “new school”, “all about me” report. There might be a thing or two of interest to you….

SUMMER MADNESS – when will it end?

Even as the new school year is starting up for me at the University Of Miami Frost School, my summer touring still has not ended. I’m writing while enroute to Johannesburg, South Africa for 2 performances at the Johannesburg Jazz Festival with Eddie Palmieri. This is the capper to a busy and exciting summer with Eddie, taking part in his 75th Birthday tour. Highlights were playing for a crowd of over 50,000 at the Parque de Salsa festival in Bogota, Colombia (Aug. 17);

a memorable concert at the Marciac Jazz Festival in France (Aug. 9)

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and a number of double bills of Eddie’s salsa orchestra with the wonderful Ruben Blades, including at the Hollywood Bowl(Aug. 15).

Phil Woods and the Quintet were active this summer too, with a Japanese tour and a week in NYC at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in July.

My own gigs included a magical performance at NYC’s Rubin Museum as part of their Harlem in the Himalayas series (Aug. 3).

Still to come are two concerts in Boston and Detroit with my “Unsung Heroes” project. Since they’re still coming up (but quick) , maybe some of you out there can stop by!

Brian Lynch’s  ”Unsung Heroes” Project featuring Bill Pierce at Scullers Jazz Club – Thursday, August 30

Brian Lynch – trumpet
Bill Pierce – tenor sax
Rob Schneiderman – piano
David Wong – bass
Pete Van Nostrand – drums

Performances at 8 and 10 PM

http://www.scullersjazz.com/attractions.html

Brian Lynch’s  ”Unsung Heroes” Project featuring Vincent Herring at the Detroit Jazz Festival – Sunday, September 2

Brian Lynch – trumpet
Vincent Herring – alto sax
Alex Hoffman- tenor sax
Rob Schneiderman – piano
David Wong – bass
Pete Van Nostrand – drums

Performance at 6:30 PM – Pyramid Stage

http://www.detroitjazzfest.com/

The rhythm section and I will also be hosting the Festival jam session later that evening.

MADERA LATINO -Woody Shaw en Clave!

In the middle of all this touring and playing, I managed to pull off a pretty cool recording project for my Hollistic MusicWorks label. Some of you may remember a couple of years ago the “Madera Latino” (Latin Wood) concert I did for the Festival Of New Trumpet Music celebration of Woody Shaw. I decided for this summer’s record date to revise and expand that music, write a couple of original pieces dedicated to Woody, and invite some of my favorite trumpet players to play these Latin-jazz imaginings of the great master’s music with astounding rhythm section players and percussionists . It was a blast!  Here’s a few shots from the sessions showing this killer cast:

(all photos by Gary Stager)

Bryan Davis, Etienne Charles, me, Diego Urcola, Dave Douglas

me and Dave Douglas;  Sean Jones and I working out:

   

Mike Rodriguez, me, and Josh Evans:

Luques (b) & Zaccai (p) Curtis:

  

Obed Calvaire (d); Little Johnny Rivero (conga):

   

and Pedro Martinez, Anthony Carillo (percussion)

Trumpeters, Latin Jazz fans, Jazz fans, Woody Shaw fans, this is going to be a good one. The second stage (post production) starts soon and you can be a part of it! I’ll be letting you know how very soon – stay tuned! “Madera Latino” will be dropping next spring from http://hollisticmusicworks.com