Born: Urbana, Illinois - September 12, 1956
Brian became a member of The Phil Woods Quintet in January, 1992 replacing trombonist Hal Crook. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he had his formative musical experiences. Brian earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Music Degree in Composition from New York University.
In Milwaukee, he also played with such local luminaries as Buddy Montgomery, Melvin Rhyne and Manny Ellis as well as leading his own groups, all at the same time. Brian's musical career has included performances with both jazz and latin bands since moving to New York City in 1981, including Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, George Russell New York Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Charlie Haden, Jack McDuff, Frank Wess Quintet, Horace Silver Quintet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, whose trumpet chair Brian was the last to fill.
His recording accomplishments include sessions with Ralph Moore (his bandmate in the Horace Silver Quintet), Akiyoshi bandmate Jim Snidero, singer Mark Murphy as well several recordings as a leader.
Phil Woods first heard Brian Lynch when he played in the trumpet section of Phil's rehearsal band. The section was put together by the Quintet's then trumpeter Tom Harrell. Ira Gitler has praised Brian's "fire, bite and flow..." and Gary Giddens has written that "Lynch is a solid lead player who can solo, too."
Brian currently leads his own quintet as well as touring with Latin Master Eddie Palmieri and the special memorial edition of the Jazz Messengers. He holds faculty positions at New York University and the North Netherlands Conservatory, has taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and has conducted workshops at The Eastman School of Music, Dartmouth University, the University of North Texas, and Columbia University, among many others.
- Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: CHIPPIN' IN; ONE FOR ALL
- Ralph Moore: ROUND TRIP
- Mark Murphy: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
- Eddie Palmieri: SUEÑO (Grammy nominee); PALMAS; ARETE
- Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra: TEN GALLON SHUFFLE
- Jim Snidero: MIXED BAG
- Bill Kirshner Nonet: INFANT EYES
- Herb Robertson Brass Ensemble: SHADES OF BUD POWELL
- Roland Vasquez: THE TIDES OF TIME
- Brian Lynch and Conrad Herwig: QUE VIVA COLTRANE
- Bill Charlap and Brian Lynch: BRIAN LYNCH MEETS BILL CHARLAP
- The Phil Woods Quintet: AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (Evidence ECD 22125-2); THE PHIL
- WOODS QUINTET PLAYS THE MUSIC OF JIM McNEELY (TCB 95402); THE PHIL WOODS
- QUARTET/QUINTET 20TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM (Mosaic MD5-159 & MQ5-159);
- MILE HIGH JAZZ (Concord CCD-4739)
- The Phil Woods Little Big Band: THIS IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT QUINCY
- Brian Lynch Quintet: BACK ROOM BLUES; PEER PRESSURE; IN PROCESS;KEEP YOUR CIRCLE SMALL;
- SPHERES OF INFLUENCE; TRIBUTE TO THE TRUMPET MASTERS: 24/7
Brian Lynch Web Site
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