News September 2010

September 2nd, 2010

The long summer is almost over, and as I swing into September, many things are happening. The most important pertain to my Unsung Heroes recording project:

1) LESS THAN 30 DAYS LEFT ON MY KICKSTARTER FUNDRAISING PROJECT! I’ve had great support from y’all so far for my effort to raise funds to promote and distribute Unsung Heroes. But time is running out, and I’m still short of the goal. If you’ve been waiting to help, now is the time – especially since I’ve added new offers oriented towards the non-musician jazz fan. See what’s new and contribute at:

2) ADVANCE OF UNSUNG HEROES VOL.1 NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD! Yes, at long last! Check it out at The only difference between this advance release and the official release of the downloadable version is that the cover image and booklet will be slightly different on the official release (coming by the end of the month). If you get the advance version, I will make sure you get the updated material as they come on line.

I’d also like to invite you to check out the numerous blog posts I’ve written about my summer activities on this site…

Thanks, and hope to see you on my Kickstarter backers list!



News July 2010

July 3rd, 2010

Kickstarter Project in Support of “Unsung Heroes” Project Launched!

Now that the master recordings for my “Unsung Heroes” project are finally in the bag, it’s time to kick the next stage into gear. Design, manufacturing, promotion, publicity, radio play and the preparation of play-along and audio stem packages must all be attended to, and post-haste (I’m writing from Manchester England today, hence the Anglophilic lexicon); as those of you who have been keeping up with this know, I’m behind my release schedule a good bit. The problems as always are time and money. Time (whether 24/7 or 4/4) is my affair here; but I’m reaching out for help on the money part, through a cool fund raising tool I’ve recently become aware of called Kickstarter. Kickstarter lets folks like me raise money for their independent projects by offering the proverbial “cool stuff” in return for contributions. It reminds me a little of the ArtistShare platform, which served me well in my previous self-produced effort, the 2006 Grammy winning “Simpatico”, but with a more informal and flexible concept.

I’d like to invite you to check out my Kickstarter fundraising project and possibly contribute! Take a look at it and plunge in if you can. I will so appreciate your assistance in completing the job for Unsung Heroes, and I also think you will find some good value being offered in return for your contribution.

Contribute at:

Travel Plans

I’ve gone over the water for a good bit; just started more than three weeks in Europe doing various fun things and playing the horn. Read more »

News – End o’May 2010

May 28th, 2010

As June approaches, I’m luxuriating in a little down time, as the pace slows a little after a whirlwind spring. But there’s still plenty going on; gigs, a new recording in the works, planning for new enterprises and always the quest to discover more about music, life and its meaning.

Brian Lynch and Spheres Of Influence at Zinc Bar Thursday June 3rd

If you’re in New York City, come on by one of my favorite spots through the years, Zinc Bar, and dig the sounds as we get ready to go into the studio the next day for Criss Cross Records. This edition of Spheres Of Influence includes:

  • Brian Lynch – trumpet & flugelhorn
  • Yosvany Terry – saxes
  • Manuel Valera – piano
  • Luques Curtis – bass
  • Justin Brown – drums
  • Pedro Martinez – percussion

Latvian Tour Rescheduled

I’m happy to announce that my NYU Ensemble’s Latvian tour, postponed from last month due to volcano generated travel difficulties, has been rescheduled to August 24th through the 28th. You can keep tabs on the Ensemble and the tour activities (and also make a tax deductible contribution towards out tour expenses!) at out New York Foundation for the Arts blog page. We also have a Facebook page and I’ll be blogging the tour and its runup on

Unsung Heroes Mastered; Announcement Soon on Release Schedule

Another happy event is that my “Unsung Heroes” recording project will have completed mastering by the time you read this – it’s finally ready to move out into the world! I will be making some exciting announcements soon concerning the project release schedule and will give you a sneak preview of the music. Now it’s time for the second part of the project – how to publicize and market my sounds so they can get to the folks who dig. Y’all can help! I’ll be letting you know how very soon.

Unsung Heroes Project

Unsung Heroes on Facebook

Reading List

  • The Big Book Of Concepts – Gregory Murphy
  • Saying Something: Jazz Improvisation and Interaction – Ingrid Monson
  • When Surface Was Depth: Death By Cappuccino and Other Reflections on Music and Culture in the 1990’s – Michael Bracewell
  • Open The Door: The Life And Music Of Betty Carter – William R. Bauer

Listening List

  • Abelardo Barroso Con La Orquesta Sensacion – no Hay Como Mi Son
  • Cesar “Pupy” Pedroso – ‘Mi Timba “Cerra”
  • Calder Quartet – Transfiguration: Music Of Christopher Rouse
  • Pedro Martinez and Roman Diaz – The Routes Of Rumba

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!


Spring 2010

February 21st, 2010

French-American Jazz Exchange grant awarded to Brian and pianist Hervé Sellin!

Brian Lynch and Herve Sellin

I was elated to receive the news this past month that I’ve been awarded a French-American Jazz Exchange grant for 2010. This award, created by the French-American Cultural Exchange, Chamber Music America, and the French Embassy, funds collaborative projects that unite French and US jazz artists. The program has received support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Cultural Services Of the French Embassy, Cultures France and FMEO – Le Bureau Export de la Musique Française. My French partner in the grant will be a most redoubtable pianist and composer and good friend, Hervé Sellin. Hervé and I have worked together in the recent past with Phil Woods, and I played his music in a concert for Jazz At Lincoln Center a few years back; excellent stuff! Hervé is a brilliant player and writer, and I am really looking forward to collaborating with him.

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