Catching Up Some More – 1st Half Of 2018 In Review

August 31st, 2018

Part Two of my catching up quest takes me through the first half of the present year, 2018. It had numerous meaningful and personal experiences on offer. Here are a few of them:

Brian’s Top 5 For The 1st Half Of 2018

February 1-3: Curtis Brothers Quintet Tour And Live Recording – Boston, MA and Old Lyme, CT

What a thrill to play great new original music and record live with this incredible band! Zaccai Curtis’s “Algorithm Suite” is a beautiful, intriguing, and stimulating extended piece of music, to listen to and to play. And the quintet of Zaccai (piano), his brother Luques on bass, the great Donald Harrison on alto sax, the magnificent Ralph Peterson, Jr. on drums, and yours truly on trumpet, was exhilarating.

April 26-May 2: CADME Educational Residency – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

This was something else – more than a full week of working and playing with high school and adult education ensembles from the Greater Calgary area. I had a beautiful time with all the young musicians, and a ball playing with a great group of Western Canada’s finest jazz musicians. Beautiful country, great people, and swinging music.

May 16-19: Washington State Tour – Bellingham and Ellensburg, WA


Back out in the Pacific Northwest only a couple of weeks later for another mix of small group performance and large ensemble soloist work in an educational setting. It was great to play alongside two former students of mine, Jared Hall and Kevin Woods – they gave no quarter in a three trumpet throwdown! Central Washington University in Ellensburg was a gas – I moved the students, the band, conducted by Chris Bruya (father of up and coming bassist and former BL Artist Ensemble member Bob Bruya) sounded wonderful! I had a great time hanging out with CWU trumpet professor John Harbaugh. And I made friends with the Bruya’s pet llama, Bandit!

May 22: Spheres Of Influence Miami Edition Recording Session (Brian Lynch Songbook Vol. 2) – Miami, FL

I  did a lot of recording in the Frost School Of Music’s Weeks Studio last spring, with my Artist Ensemble, on a duo project with Frost Dean Shelly Berg  and for my own group projects. I’m in the middle of a large scale endeavor to re record all my original small group music that I haven’t already put out on my label Hollistic MusicWorks. That’s about 65-70 tunes at last count, and new tunes seem to be coming along that increase the workload. Songbook Vol. 1, recorded earlier on in Pennsylvania with my NYC buddies, and Vol. 2, devoted to the “Afro-Caribbean Side” and featuring my Miami band along with some of my talented proteges, will be coming out simultaneously around the start of the new year. I’m proud of the way this series is coming along! More details to follow!

May 31 – June 2: Brian Lynch Quartet Midwest Tour – Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL

It’s great to hit the road with my Midwest quartet! Pianist Mark Davis, who I’ve been especially close with over the last 10 years through our work together with the Wisconsin Conservatory Of Music’s Jazz Institute, and bassist Jeff Hamman know my music so well that nothing need be said or rehearsed in order to have a great gig. And drummer Kyle Swan (a doctoral student at the Frost School, former Artist Ensemble member, and Chicago native) really put the pots on – he’s a swinging, fiery new player to check out,  everybody! We’ll be back in the Midwest in November.

 

Other Events Of Note:

January: John Beasley Monk’estra Tour – Chicago, IL; Lafayette, IN, Indianapolis, IN

February 8-11: Milwaukee Ballet/Bill Bonifas Group – Milwaukee, WI

February 22: The Message (Art Blakey Tribute): U Mass Amherst

March 31: Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra – Orlando, FL

May 3: EL ECO – Boston College’s Elie Weisel Center – Boston, MA

May 4: Jim Snidero Quintet – Deer Head Inn – Delaware Water Gap, PA

June 18-22: Wisconsin Conservatory Of Music Jazz Camp – Milwaukee, WI

2017 Second Half – Highlights

June 27th, 2018

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.

Other Events Of Note:

The Music Of Louis Armstrong w. Jon Faddis, Warren Vache, Bill Charlap Trio: 92nd St. Y, NYC (7/27)


Brian Lynch Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Matt Penman and Obed Calvaire – Jalisco Jazz Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico (8/2)



Special Guest with Eddie Palmieri Small Group: Blue Note, NYC (8/8)

Recording Session as Special Guest with Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY (8/28)

Monk Goes Latin with Robby Ameen, Conrad Herwig, Ruben Rodriguez, Richie Flores,
Manuel Valera and Dee Dee Bridgewater: Angel City Jazz Festival, Hollywood, CA (10/1)

John Beasley’s Monk’estra: Detroit Jazz Festival (9/3); Jazz Standard NYC (10/12-14)

Special Guest with Jon Faddis Group – Tribute to Dizzy: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz At Lincoln Center NYC (10/19)

Gulliermo Nojechowitz “El-Eco”: Dominican Republic Jazz Festival (11/1)

Recording Session with Rodney Whitaker Sextet: Ann Arbor, MI (11/19)

Residency At University Of Iowa: Iowa City, IA (12/7-8)

Prelude To New Postings – June 2018

June 13th, 2018
It’s been a looong time since I have updated the News page on my website, sent out a newsletter to my mailing list, or otherwise communicated with my modest base of interested folks via “old school” (pre-social media) means. Keeping my web sites updated has always been a uphill battle for me, and in the last few years even more so since my teaching duties kicked into high gear.
With the immediacy and ubiquity of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram dominating how people in my cultural area give and receive information, I often wonder whether it even makes all that much difference whether you have a “real” web site and assiduously keep it up to date. Maybe for some it still does; I know I still really love to read news or especially a blog post from someone who takes the time to put something both interesting and well written together.
I’m not sure if I fit in that category. I like writing, but I like practicing the trumpet or composing music more, when I’m not on the bandstand or in the teaching studio. It’s about finding the time for it, as it is in so many things, and more often than not I don’t have enough.
This summer is turning out to be on the quiet side though, which allows me to hopefully catch up with some undone and unfinished things.  One of these that I’ve tasked myself with is to do some writing (of words). I so admire those musical colleagues of mine who have writing facility and felicity; it’s like hearing someone play when the chops and ideas are both really happening. As a wordsmith, I may have ideas, but definitely very little chops. So, in the spirit of getting one’s chops together, I’m going to work on mine through new postings in the relative seclusion of my website and mailing list. (This may be a golden opportunity to hit “unsubscribe”!)
The first thing I’ll be working through is a synopsis of my past 12 months: the highlights of my schedule and a bit of musing on states of affairs (take that any way you want since I’m not quite sure what that means myself yet).
I’ll be right back with you…

BRIAN LYNCH WINS TWO 2017 JAZZ JOURNALIST ASSOCIATION AWARDS

May 20th, 2017

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 (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 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.

Kim Smith
public relations
ksmithpr@earthlink.net

Madera Latino Nominated For Grammy!

December 12th, 2016

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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: 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!

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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)