Artist: Brian Lynch
GRAMMY© AWARD WINNER; 4 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS 2017 TRUMPETER OF THE YEAR, RECORD OF THE YEAR
(Jazz Journalists Association)
Grammy© Award Winning trumpeter 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 received wide acclaim during his long tenures with Latin Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri and straight ahead master Phil Woods. He has 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 over 20 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his distinctive composing and arranging, and has toured the world at the helm of various ensembles reflecting the wide sweep of his music.
Voted Trumpeter Of The Year and recipient of the Record Of The Year Award by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2017, Lynch’s talents have been also recognized by top placing in the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls (#3 Trumpet Critics Poll); as well as feature stories and highly rated reviews for his work in the New York Times, Jazz Times, and Downbeat. He has received multiple Grammy Award nominations – the latest in 2016 for his Madera Latino project- and garnered a Grammy win in 2006 for Best Latin Jazz Album. He is also the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and Meet The Composer.
Professor of Jazz and Studio Music at the Frost School Of Music, University of Miami, Lynch has conducted clinics, workshops, and residencies the world over. He is Artist In Residence for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Jazz Institute and also Artistic Director of Ensamble Tonica, Guadalajara, Mexico. Before joining the faculty at the Frost School, Professor Lynch was on the faculty of New York University and has also taught at the Prinz Claus Conservatorium (Netherlands), Long Island University, and The New School.
Lynch’s artist owned and operated record label, Hollistic MusicWorks, has released a series of critically acclaimed recordings under his name since its inception in 2010, including the Grammy Award nominated Madera Latino (2016), Questioned Answer (2014), and the Unsung Heroes series of recordings (2011-13), awarded a 5 star “masterpiece” rating by Downbeat magazine. Lynch also has released albums as a leader on the Criss Cross, Ken, Sharp Nine, Cellar Live, Nagel Heyer, EWE, Zoo’t Jazz, Artist Share, and Venus recording labels, including 2006’s Grammy© Award winning Simpático in collaboration with Eddie Palmieri. Lynch’s discography as a featured artist and sideman runs to over 200 recordings, including 9 albums with Eddie Palmieri, 13 albums as part of the Phil Woods Quintet, and 3 albums with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, all featuring his contributions as arranger, composer, and featured soloist. Lynch has also arranged and produced for numerous artists, including Lila Downs, Conrad Herwig (the Latin Side series of albums), Mondo Grosso, and Yerba Buena.
Lynch now devotes the majority of his performing and creative time to his own musical endeavors, centering around his own groups and recording label Hollistic MusicWorks.
Brian Lynch is a Yamaha Artist and endorses Austin Custom Brass mouthpieces and the Lefreque Sound Bridge.
Critical Acclaim For Brian Lynch:
“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
ZAN STEWART, Downbeat
“When you’re as dynamic and flexible a trumpeter as Lynch, everyone wants you.”
THE NEW YORKER
“ … a knife-blade articulation on his horn… his command of rhythm, sharpened by a long apprenticeship
with Mr. Palmieri, lent impressive authority to his playing…”
NATE CHINEN, The New York Times
“Brilliant… two steps ahead of the ordinary ear.”