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Madera Latino Nominated For Grammy!

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: 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!

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

October 20th, 2016

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

Watch the Madera Latino EPK here: https://youtu.be/jxPfVCA0puw
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

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 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.

Thanks, y’all!




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

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…

News – June/July 2015

June 18th, 2015
Hi Fans and Friends!
I’ve been enjoying a rare couple of weeks “off the grid”, relaxing a good bit at home as well as catching up on some post production work for upcoming releases on my Hollistic MusicWorks label (see below). It’s back to work now, with a number of performances alongside great musicians to look forward to in July:

Brian Lynch Unsung Heroes in Camden; All Star Quartet at Smalls NYC

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I have two leader gigs coming up, both with smoking bands. On Monday, June 29 (8:00 PM), my “Unsung Heroes” quintet comes to the Sunset Jazz Series at Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden, NJ (just across the river from Philly). This edition of Unsung Heroes features the magnificent tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore and bassist Gerald Cannon, along with UH regulars Rob Schneiderman on piano and Pete Van Nostrand on drums. This group will be going into the studio in NYC that same week to record Rob Schneiderman’s music.
Moving to the end of July, I’ll be renewing my musical partnership on Thursday the 30th (10:30 PM) with the prodigiously talented young pianist Emmet Cohen in quartet form at NYC’s hip club Smalls. The truly amazing drums and bass of Ralph Peterson and Boris Kozlov will ensure that the music, from the Hollistic MusicWorks release Questioned Answer, will be taken to a new level!

Straight Ahead And Swinging with LeDonne and Cobb; Messengers Legacy in Europe

I’ll be on the NYC scene uptown at the wonderful club Smoke for July 4th weekend (July 3rd – 5th, Friday through Sunday) with my old friend Mike Le Donne’s quintet, featuring the legendary Jimmy Cobb on drums for a tribute to Nat Adderley. Ralph Moore and John Webber on bass round out this great group. It’s going to be swinging!
Then it’s off to Europe for a short jaunt with The Messengers Legacy, a group celebrating the music of Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers as played by alumni of that seminal jazz institution. Along with myself, the lineup that drummer and organizer Ralph Peterson has put together for this tour is stellar: Craig Handy on alto sax, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Johnny O’Neal on piano, and  Essiet Okon Essiet on bass. We’ll be playing the Jazz A Vienne festival in France (July 9) and hitting two nights in Paris at the newly reopened Duc de Lombards club in Montparnasse (I played there with the Jazz Messengers in 1989!)

News From The Recording Front: Madera Latino Sneak Peek

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A few of you out there might be wondering what ever happened to the Woody Shaw Latin Jazz project that I was working on (quite) a while back. I’ve had to put the project aside for a while due to a lack of time to work on it, but I’ve been able to resume post production over the last month and now am seeing light at the end of the tunnel. I’m very excited about this recording. “Madera Latino” (Latin Wood) is a celebration of  the music of the great Woody Shaw arranged in Latin Jazz form by myself, with an all star cast of jazz trumpeters and Latin Jazz luminaries.
I’m so eager for this music to get out into the world that I’m jumping the gun by sharing a sneak peek of one track, still in the final stages of mixing. “Zoltan”, composed by Woody Shaw and arranged by yours truly, features the stellar trumpet lineup of Dave Douglas, Etienne Charles, Diego Urcola, and myself. Listen to it here:
It’s hot in the South, rainy in the Midwest, and who knows what elsewhere, but I hope you’ll be keeping cool, dry, and swinging wherever you are! Until a little later:
All The Best,