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


(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

1650 Broadway (51st)
New York, NY 10019
For reservations (212) 582-2121

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

 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.


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)

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

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

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

2011 Roundup (briefly)

January 28th, 2012

Hi All,

2011 is history, or more poetically, gently receding into the mists of memory. Before it becomes too misty, perhaps I could relate a light recap of what was a most eventful year. There was a lot of change, some of it both unexpected and most welcome.

The biggest change involved a expansion of scenery. Out of nowhere (at least to me), the opportunity presented itself for me to accept a professorship at the Frost School Of Music, University Of Miami. Now, y’all, let’s get this straight right off the bat; I can’t do without New York, won’t do without it, ain’t leaving it. But after I went down to Miami and saw what they’re doing at the Frost School, I knew I had to figure out a way to be a part of it. So now I’m in residence both in NY and Miami; Hollistic MusicWorks now has a Miami branch.

I love my new teaching gig! There’s a great culture in the Frost School as a whole and in the jazz and studio music department (that’s where I’m working out of, natch). There are great students and inspired teachers aplenty; I’ve learned much already from them. The scene is livened up by the “cats” (like Terence Blanchard, Dave Douglas, and Dave Holland) coming in for residencies and extended stays. And the weather ain’t bad right around now….

You’ll still see me on the scene in “town” and out on the road. But I’m happy to be settling in to a new phase and new place as far as the teaching part of my career is concerned, in one of the best music schools on the planet.

unsung DB reviewThe reception of my Unsung Heroes recording project during this past year was very gratifying to me after all the work I put into it. Five stars (very rare for a “straight-ahead” recording!) and a Best CD of 2011 designation in Downbeat, one of the Best 50 Jazz CDs of 2011 in Jazz Times, #3 on the JazzWeek chart and lots of other kudos. It feels good when your DIY job goes so far! I had another CD release in 2010, ConClave Vol. 2 on CrissCross, the same label I recorded my first album on 25 years ago last week. ConClave V2, featuring my Spheres Of Influence band, had a bit of success also; in particular being named one of the best Latin Jazz CDs of 2011 by WBGO and enjoying many glowing reviews.

Downbeat also conferred kudos to me this past year through the agency of their International Critics Poll, which placed me 3rd in the Trumpet category. Nice to get some recognition, even as I remind myself of accaim’s fleeting nature and its often tenuous connection to real artistry….There were many great experiences and good times playing in 2011, both with my own projects and with my musical families like Eddie Palmieri, Phil Woods, the Curtis Brothers and others! I’m looking forward to an even more fruitful and musically venturesome 2012, as I turn even more to following my own musical imperatives to their logical (or illogical) nexus.

Another thing I hope to put into action in this coming year is an expanded presence on my blog, not so much tooting my own horn as sharing thoughts about music and especially celebrating the musicians that mean something to me, whether an influence, favorite, or colleague (they can be all of the above too, and usually are!). I hope to start putting things of interest up soon.

I have some good gigs coming up soon, so keep looking at my calendar. One of special note, the Frost School of Music’s Concert Jazz Band is playing a complete concert of my big band music with myself as special guest this coming Thursday, February 2nd at 7:30 PM. I’ve been working with the band along with my esteemed colleague, CJB director Dante Luciani (who also is a wonderful be bopping trombonist) and the music is going to be happening. The concert will be at UM’s Gusman Concert Hall. You can find out more at:

Staying Warm,


Catching My Breath…

December 14th, 2011

Has it really been over 6 months since the last post?

Great… I’m definitely one of those sad cats that is contributing to the bad rap of our art form as not being with it on the communicative tip 21st century stylee…

Excuses, excuses… I’ve been busy! A lot of change, a lot of things went down. Good things!

I will collect a few vignettes of my musical life in 2011 for an end of year roundup and throw them up here in the next few days. OK? And…sorry for being out of touch.

Err…. I’ll try to do better…


Summer News

August 1st, 2011

Brian Lynch/Hollistic MusicWorks News Summer 2011

Hi all – hope you’re keeping cool on this increasingly warm planet, and solvent amidst default, both monetary and ethical alike! It’s been a good while since I’ve done a newsletter and so many things have happened since the last one. Herein a few of the most notable:


My  Unsung Heroes recording project continues to gain plaudits from the critics. One of the most notable of these appeared in the July 2011 issue of Downbeat, arguably still the most prestigious jazz publication extant.Reviewer Eric Fine gave Unsung Heroes the honor of its highest possible rating, the coveted 5 stars. This is my first 5 star rating, and in my experience very rare for a “straight ahead” jazz CD in this day and age. Thanks to Eric and Downbeat for this recognition of UH’s quality!

Unsung Heroes has been getting good reviews all around. If you’d like to sample some of the critical opinion, I’ve pulled some of it together here:


I’m still chipping away at the mountain of additional Unsung Heroes content to come, but some significant progress has been made! I’m happy to announce that all the Unsung Heroes Vol. 1 play alongs are ready for download through the website and Bandcamp page. They’re available for all the Unsung Heroes instrumentation as well as being suitable for other axes such as trombone and guitar. Play along with the original performance as recorded, or stretch out for more choruses with alternate versions cutting out the other horn solos! Charts for your instrument are included. You can download UH playalongs here:

I’m happy to report success in my trial run on the Unsung Heroes audio stem project, and I will be getting these multi track audio file versions up for download as soon as possible! We are going to have some fun with these. Cryptic? – perhaps, but stay tuned….

Buy The Unsung Heroes CD at: through Amazon and CD Baby
Download Unsung Heroes Music at:


More recognition from Downbeat, this time of a more personal nature, came in the August issue of the magazine with the release of the 2011 International Critics Poll. The collective of journalists and critics gave me my highest ever placing of #3 in the Trumpet category! Thanks to all the writers for their recognition of my continuing efforts.

A short anecdote: When I first was with the Horace Silver Quintet in 1983,the great Eddie Harris came by the Hollywood club where we were playing atwo week engagement (sure would like to have one of those now!). Eddie, whoI had known and idolized since I was a teenager, complimented me and theband, but then asked me how old I was. When I replied “26”, he thought for amoment, and then said: “You’ll be alright. The hardest part is when you’re between 25 and 60. That’s when you’re too old to be a prodigy and too young to be a living legend.” Those words were a bit dismaying at 26, but they feel a bit more comforting at (almost) 55…

Brian Appointed Professor Of Jazz Trumpet at University Of Miami

I’m proud and honored to announce this next phase of my educational side with my joining the faculty of the Frost School Of Music at the University Of Miami starting this fall. Under the dynamic direction of Dean Shelly Berg (a wonderful jazz pianist in his own right) and Jazz Studies Director Whit Sidener, the Frost School boasts one of the premier university jazz programs in the country. I am looking forward to taking the teaching concepts I’ve developed during my tenures at New York University, the Prinz Claus Conservatory, and in my many years of private instruction to Miami and expanding my knoweldge together with my students and fellow faculty. While maintaining our New York residence and my artistic presence there, my wife and I will be also enjoying what Miami has to offer (such as the weather right around January and February).

I salute you if you’ve scrolled this far down the page! All for now -there’s some news I have about some special upcoming performances that I’ll let you know about in a separate message.