I first had the pleasure of making Emmet Cohen's acquaintance in January 2011 on the Jazz Cruise. I was playing as a soloist and he was showcasing with his trio from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he was then a student. I was really impressed with his playing, and I dug the young man's personality, enthusiasm and knowledge of the jazz tradition. Fast forward a few months, and I found myself in Miami as the new Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Frost School (through a series of events precipitated on that cruise, a story for another time), and in proximity to Emmet on a daily basis as he finished his last year of undergraduate work. We were able to take advantage of the educational environment to schedule weekly playing sessions ("lessons") where we could explore a lot of music in a duo format; at the same time I was exposed to his very accomplished composing work through sessions and performance situations. He checked out my music and picked up a few tips from me at the same time.
The recording we've done and are asking you to support is an outgrowth of this fruitful year of playing, talking about, and listening to music. I think we have developed a very nice musical bond and this recording is both a significant objet d'art and a point of departure for what I think is a lot of great music to come. We invite you to be present at the inception, so to speak.
About 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 over 20 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, including being a YoungArts Master Teacher. 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 (Hollistic MusicWorks), and Bolero Nights For Billie Holiday (Venus). For more information about Brian Lynch, see his website at www.brianlynchjazz.com
In the current jazz environment, musical "information" is more easily accessible than ever before. However, the true source of knowledge and information has and always will be a mentor/mentee relationship. I have been fortunate enough to have serendipitously crossed paths with Brian Lynch, whose own illustrious legacy has afforded me just that element of authenticity in my musical journey.
Brian's caring stewardship and wry sense of humor have contributed mightily to the development of our personal and musical rapport. We added to the mix the legendary drummer Billy Hart, a neighbor of mine and another mentor figure growing up, who's home and studio I was always welcomed into. Also, we are joined by Boris Koslov on bass who's musicality, vision, and sensitivity provided for the perfect anchor for the band. You can understand some of our own excitement about this project and why I feel so honored to be a part of it.
About Emmet Cohen:
At 23, jazz pianist Emmet Cohen, a finalist in the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition and a finalist for the prestigious 2011 American Pianist's Association's Cole Porter Fellowship in Indianapolis, plays with the maturity and confidence of a seasoned veteran. His many awards include three Downbeat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Soloist and Best Jazz Combo. Cohen has shared the bandstand with musical luminaries, including: Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Patti Austin, Maceo Parker, The Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, Joey DeFrancesco, Phil Woods, Brian Lynch, Larry Coryell, Jimmy Cobb, Carmen Bradford, Billy Hart and many others. An alumni of the YoungArts Program, Emmet holds a bachelors degree in music from the University of Miami and is currently a Masters student at the Manhattan School of Music. Emmet regularly appears as a sideman and leader on both piano and Hammond B3 organ in NY, Miami and major jazz festivals around the world. www.emmetcohen.com
The sessions are complete, but we need your help to get our baby completed and out to the people. Your contributions will go towards:
Mixing and Mastering of the recorded material, along with production expenses associated with the finished master recording.
Production and Manufacturing of the CD and preparation of the other digital products from the project.
Very importantly, Promotion, Marketing and Publicity for the project, including engaging a publicist to bring the project to the public and "taste makers" on the scene, radio distribution and promotion, the production of video promotional materials including YouTube videos and EPKs (Electronic Press Kit), and promotion for performances associated with the CD and digital release of the project.
We hope that you can join us as we present our work to the world! Contributing is a great way to know you're making a difference in supporting our music and promoting independent artists such as ourselves. We have some interesting things to offer you in recognition of your support, and we hope there's something there that may pique your interest.
Emmet and I hope to see your name on the contributors list before our deadline! Till then, all the best.
Risks and challenges
Hollistic MusicWorks at this point is a boutique operation (one man show!) at this point, so of course the project's timeline is always subject to mid course corrections according to scheduling, always a challenge for the working musician. We are trying to match both the rewards and project timetable to what can realistically be fulfillable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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