Jazz Trumpet Player, UM Music Professor
Brian Lynch is recognized as one of the nation’s leading jazz trumpet players, composers and arrangers, having played with some of the iconic talents of the genre, including Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quartet. He also spent years playing with Latin jazz legend Eddie Palmieri and won the 2006 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album, one of more than 20 critically acclaimed CDs by Lynch as a bandleader and recording artist. In addition to concerts at UM, where he is a studio instructor of jazz trumpet and directs several ensembles at the Frost School of Music, he occasionally plays at the Open Stage in downtown Coral Gables.
Lynch was awarded a Grammy in January of this year in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category for “The Omni-American Book Club” by the Brian Lynch Big Band, which he recorded with Frost School students, faculty and alumni at a recording studio on the UM campus.
What He Says
“I am completely blown away and extremely gratified to have been awarded this honor, and in such distinguished company,” says Lynch. “[It] is really an award for all of us here at Frost, for I could not have made this project without the help of everyone here in my Frost family… this album was truly ‘Frost Built!’” says Frost Dean Shelly Berg, “It is a fantastic achievement.”
Photo by Tomoji Hirakata