Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Lynch, Brian (Hollister)
Lynch, Brian (Hollister), trumpeter, composer,arranger; b. Urbana, IL, 12 September 1956. At an early age his family moved to Hamilton, NY, and then Milwaukee, WI where he grew up. His father, Thomas Hollister Lynch (b.1929), is a counseling psychologist and his mother, Martha Ellen McCool (b. 1928), is a reading specialist. Both parents are retired. Both parents are active in music in the Oceanside, CA area where they now reside (the Lynches were divorced in 1998); Tom as a amateur trumpeter and music hobbyist, and Martha as an avocational jazz singer who has released two CDs under the name of Marti Lynch, and performs in the San Diego area. Brian also has one brother (Stuart, b. 1960) and sister (Laurie, b. 1965) who are also musical, Stuart as a guitarist and Laurie as a singer.
Brian originally took up trumpet in school at the age of 9, his original interest in jazz coming from listening to Louis Armstrong records his parents played around the house. His real interest in the music developed at age 13 through exposure to Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and others on the radio. Brian played in rock, R&B, and funk bands through high school while sitting in with local jazz musicians when possible. Initial serious study in trumpet and ear training came at that time (1971-3) with Doug Myers (Milw. Symphony Orchestra). He studied at Wisconsin Conservatory Of Music (1974-80), completing his B.Mus in performance in 1980. During this time he established himself on the Milwaukee jazz scene, playing extensively with mentors such as pianist/vibist Buddy Montgomery, guitarist Manty Ellis, organist Melvin Rhyne, and saxophonist Berkeley Fudge. At the same time he led his own groups and formed enduring collaborations with other young musicians, most notably pianist David Hazeltine.
In 1974, he briefly relocated to Chicago where he played in R&B group "The Brighter Side Of Darkness", alongside saxophonist Chico Freeman and guitarist John Thomas. While in Chicago, he also gigged with George Freeman and John Wright. Other notable events during undergrad years include awards for outstanding performance and composition at the Notre Dame CJF (1977-8) and the Elmhurst Jazz Festival (1976, 79); and performances (sitting in) with Sonny Stitt, Barry Harris, Clifford Jordan, Sal Nistico, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers among others (1974, 1979-80). During these years, he also started a long relationship with Latin music, playing with local salsa and Latin-jazz groups inc. Toty Ramos' "La Chazz". In 1980-81, Brian briefly relocated to the San Diego, CA area, where his family had moved in 1977. While in San Diego, he played extensively on the jazz scene there, most notably with Charles McPherson, who he considers a major musical influence and mentor. Other gigs included performances with guitarist Peter Sprague and the beginning of an association with pianist Rob Schneiderman, which continued after each musician's move to New York City.
Brian moved to New York City in Nov. 1981. Initial gigs were with varied groups; Brazilian jazz with Thiago de Mello, salsa with Angel Canales, and straight ahead jazz with Junior Cook and Harold White. First major associations were with the Horace Silver Quintet (1982-85), the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra (1982-88), and on the salsa scene with Hector LaVoe (1983-87). Other gigs during this period included George Russell (1982), Jack McDuff Little Big Band (1984-87), and sub work with the Mel Lewis Big Band. Strong peer associations were formed in this period, such as with Rob Schneiderman, altoist Jim Snidero, and tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore. In 1987, Brian started one of his most enduring professional associations, joining the group of salsa and Latin-jazz legend Eddie Palmieri. He continues to work with Palmieri in the roles of performer, arranger and orchestrator to this day (2003). In Dec. 1988, he achieved a career goal by joining Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, with whom he recorded three CDs and performed around the world until Art's death in Oct. 1990.
In the 1990s, Brian maintained an active career as a performing and recording artist in a wide variety of idioms. Significant associations included Eddie Palmieri (throughout the decade); Philip Morris Superband (1991); various Art Blakey tribute groups, notably The Message (1992-3); Prince (1996); a reunion with Toshiko Akiyoshi (1999); recording projects with Rob Schneiderman, Ted Rosenthal, and Dave Stryker among others. In 1992, he joined the Phil Woods Quintet, which in the capacity of performer, composer, and arranger he has continued with to the present day (2003). Brian made a series of strong recordings as a leader during the decade and began to increasingly work as a leader at the end of the decade. The late 90s also found his arranging and composing come to the fore, with notable contributions to Conrad Herwig's "Latin Side Of John Coltrane" project among others.
In 1998, Brian returned to school after a hiatus of almost 20 years, starting work on a Masters degree in composition at New York University, which he completed in May 2002. Meanwhile, the new millennium found him becoming active in education, giving clinics and workshops at many universities and schools inc. University Of North Texas, Eastman School Of Music, University of Northern Colorado.
Performing and recording associations (2000-2003) include: Palmieri, Woods, D. Stryker, El Negro and Robby, Barbarito Torres, Yerba Buena, Mingus Big Band, Hilton Ruiz, "Jazz At The Philharmonic", Mondo Grosso, Cyrus Chestnut, Bobby Short, Juan Carlos Formell. As a featured artist, he has been a part of the San Fransicso Jazz Organization's "Tribute to Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard" in 2001, and also has been a part of all-star tributes to Fats Navarro, Booker Little, and Lee Morgan. His work as a composer/arranger is also showcased in his big band, formed in 2002. Other projects as a leader as of 2003 include
"Spheres Of Influence", an ensemble showcasing his diverse musical interests including Latin-jazz; and the "Trumpet Masters" quartet. His groups have most recently toured Japan (2001, 2003) and Europe (2002) and played extensively in major jazz venues in the United States.
Early Recordings (1986); Peer Pressure (1986); Back Room Blues (1989); In Process (1990); At The Main Event (1991); Keep Your Circle Small (1995); The Milwaukee Tapes (1996); Spheres Of Influence (1997); Tribute To The Trumpet Masters (2000); Do That Make You Mad? (2001); Quartet/Quintet (2002, 2003); Electric Quartet Live At The Cellar (2003)
Eddie Palmieri: Sueno (1988), Llego La India (via Eddie Palmieri) (1992), Palmas (1993), Arete (1995), Vortex (1996), La Perfecta II (2001), Ritmo Caliente (2003); Phil Woods: Souvenirs (1992), An Affair To Remember (1993), Plays The Music Of Jim McNeely (1995), 20th Anniversary Set (1995), Mile High Jazz (1996), Celebration (1997), Bebop (1998), The Thrill Is Gone: Phil Woods with Strings (as arranger; 2002), Standards (2002); Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: The Art Of Jazz (1989), Chippin' In (1990), One For All (1990); Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra: Ten Gallon Shuffle (1983), Wishing Peace (1986), Tribute To Duke Ellington (1999); Dave Stryker: Blue To The Bone (1996), Blue To The Bone II (1998), Shades Of Miles (1999), Blue To The Bone III (2001); Rob Schneiderman: Radio Waves (1991), Dark Blue (1995), Dancing In The Dark (1997); George Russell NY Big Band: Live At The Village Vanguard (1982); Angel Canales: A Shade Of Difference (1982), Just When You Thought It Was Safe (1982), It's Time (1983); Jim Snidero: On Time (1984); Ralph Moore: Round Trip (1985); Mark Murphy: Beauty And The Beast (1985); Jim Snidero: Mixed Bag (1987); Herb Robertson Brass Ensemble: Shades of Bud Powell (1988); Roland Vasquez: The Tides Of Time (1988); Jim Snidero: Blue Afternoon (1989); Dave Stahl Big Band: Live At Knights (1989); Mel Rhyne: Legend (1991); Tito Puente: Mambo King: His 100th Album (1991); Ted Rosenthal: Images of Monk (1992); Eric Leeds: Things Left Unsaid (1993); Steve Gilmore: I'm All Smiles (1993); Bob Belden: When Doves Cry: The Music Of Prince (1993); Message: The Art Of Blakey (1993); Marti Lynch: It's About Time (1994); Steve Gilmore Jazz Sextet Silhouette (1994); Nicolas Hafner Swisstet: Les Standards De Fugain (1994); Michel Camilo Big Band (1994); Ted Rosenthal: Reflections Of Monk (1994); Jazzmania All-Stars: Jazz Dancer & the Bass Player (1995); Monday Michiru: Jazz Brat (1995); Fintan O'Neill: In The Moment (1996); Luis Diaz Quintet: On The Edge (1996); Prince: Emancipation (1996); Mrs. Fun: Groove (1997); Ritmo Junction (1997); Monday Michiru: Double Image (1997); Juan Carlos Formell: Songs From A Little Blue House (1998); Don Glaser: Slices of Life (1998); Marlon Simon: Music of Marlon Simon (1998); Kelley Johnson Make Someone Happy (1998); Monday Michiru: Optimista (1999); Bird: Full Lips (1999), Bird (1999); The Bill Kirchner Nonet: Trance Dance: Live in Concert (1999); Donald Harrison Free to Be (1999); Marlon Simon: Rumba a la Patato (2000); Linda Presgrave: In Your Eyes (2000); Marti Lynch Sings the Blues (2000); Peter Barshay: Pit Of Fashion (2000); Mondo Grosso: MG4 (2000); Jerome Sydenham & Kerri Chandler: Saturday (2001); Jorge Moreno Moreno (2001); Philip Hernandez: The Beat Of My heart (2001); Eric Jacobsen: Inspiration (2001); Juan Carlos Formell: Los Calles del Paraiso (2001); Frankie Feliciano: Mix The Vibe (2001); Robby and Negro at the Third World War (2001); Nicole: Viaje Infinito (2002); Dena DeRose: Love's Holiday (2002); James Chance: Irresistible Impulse (2003); Yerba Buena (2003)
WKCR-FM w. Ned Otter, Harold Mabern, Jamil Nasser, Mel Lewis (c. 1985);
Numerous broadcasts with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (1989-90); NPR "Jazz Set": The Music Of Freddie Hubbard - rec. at San Francisco Jazz Festival (2001);
NPR "Jazz Set": The Music Of Woody Shaw - rec. at San Francisco Jazz Festival (2001); CBC Radio: Brian Lynch Electric Quartet in Vancouver (2003)
Television broadcasts and videos:
Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra in Japan (laserdisc, 1983); Horace Silver at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Swiss, 1985); Hector LaVoe (Peru, 1986); Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra: Strive For Jive (video, 1986);
Art Blakey 70th Birthday Celebration (Germany, 1989); Numerous broadcasts with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (1989-90); Tribute To Art Blakey (Japan, 1990);
Numerous broadcasts with the Philip Morris Superband (1991); Phil Woods Quintet at the San Sebastian Jazz Festival (Spain, 1993); Eddie Palmieri at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Swiss, 1994);
BET on Jazz w. Eddie Palmieri (1995); VH-1 special w. Maxwell (1997); BET on Jazz w. Juan Carlos Formell (1999); Chie Ayado w. the Robby and Negro band (Japan, 2002)
Interviews and articles: Interview with Chris Hovan, originally on "Chris Hovan's Homemade Jazz Page" (1999)
"Brian Lynch Speaks Out As A Sideman" by Bob Blumenthal, in the Boston Globe, Aug. 28, 1998
"Jazz Trumpeter Brian Lynch Carries Message To Deer Head" by Tim Blangger, in the Allentown (PA) Morning Call, Jan. 9, 1998
"The Devastating Truth About Brian Lynch" by Albert Balderas, in Jazz Trumpet Journal, January 1993
"Brian Lynch" by Alwyn & Laurie Lewis, in Cadence, March 1993
"Brian Lynch: Carrying On A Tradition" by Eric Krell, in the Telluride (CO) Times Journal, summer 1993
"Returning Home After Hitting In Big In New York" by Dirk Sutro, in The Los Angeles Times (San Diego edition), Aug. 6, 1992
"Riffs: Brian Lynch" by Michael Bourne, in Downbeat, Aug. 1988
"Brian Lynch: On Top Of The Trumpet" by John Lawrence, in The Jazz Link (San Diego, CA), July 1988
"The Positive Side Of Peer Pressure: Brian Lynch" in Hot House, May 1988
"Trumpeter Brian Lynch Gets A Silver Opportunity" by Kevin Lynch, in The Milwaukee Journal, Aug. 21, 1983
"Profiles In Jazz: Brian Lynch" by Rich Mangelsdorff, in The Milwaukee Journal, Aug. 21, 1981
Works by Lynch:
Liner notes to "Tribute To The Trumpet Masters" (2000)
Liner notes to "At The Main Event" (1992)