Brian Lynch Wins GRAMMY® Award for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album for The Omni-American Book Club: My Journey Through Literature in Music

On Sunday, January 26th, it was announced that trumpeter and recording artist Brian Lynch won his second GRAMMY® Award of his career. The Omni-American Book Club: My Journey Through Literature in Music was awarded Best Large Ensemble Album at the GRAMMY Premier Ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. This win is particular momentous as The Omni-American Book Club is a fully independent release. The project is self-released on Lynch’s artist-owned label Hollistic MusicWorks and self-funded, making it a landmark win for independent artists everywhere. 

Lynch said the following regarding his win:

“What an amazing weekend in L.A. at The Grammy Awards! To be in the company of so many celebrated artists and esteemed friends in the music community, and then to be singled out and bestowed with one of the most prestigious accolades in our field – well, it strains even my florid vocabulary to convey the elation I feel! What an honor to receive my second Grammy and my fifth and sixth nominations in this year’s awards. I salute all the nominees and winners for a year of incredible music. 

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“The Omni-American Book Club” Garners 2 Grammy Nominations!

I’m elated, ecstatic, and just plain blown away by my two Grammy nominations for The Omni-American Book Club! My thanks to all the musicians and other creative artists that made this project possible, my production and publicity team, and the authors and books that were the source of inspiration for this music.

It seems that any fears that I had that our achievement would be overlooked or under appreciated amongst the crowd were misplaced – in the short time the release has been out (and even shorter time for the CD itself) recognition and critical acclaim for the album has been steadily building, with the meat of the reviews still to come. Check out some of what some folks (including myself) are saying about the project:

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Announcing Brian Lynch’s First Big Band Album – The Omni-American Book Club

Hello All,

It’s been quite a while since I’ve reached out to you directly. I try to keep folks informed of my doings as much as possible via the various conduits of social media as they unfold, but the sort of organized recounting of past events that goes into a newsletter has seemed be too daunting for me amidst the onrush of new ones. There comes a time, however, when the personal urge to share something important, so exciting that I’m almost bursting to let you all know about it, demands that I stop and take the time to communicate….

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Coming Soon – Brian Lynch’s First Big Band Album!

Hi All,

I’m still catching my breath after what has been an all consuming last couple of weeks of nonstop activity, the culmination of more that two months of concentrated work. The basic tracking for my first ever big band album is complete! Over seven days of recording in Miami, an outstanding and dedicated group of musicians came together to record nine of my original works for large ensemble. A combination of players from my incredible Frost School Of Music family including faculty, alumni, and current students, along with eminent figures from the South Florida musicians community and special guest artists, outdid themselves with their skill and devotion in the execution and interpretation of some challenging music. Their creative talent in solo and ensemble work was copiously exhibited throughout. In other words, they crushed it!

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Kudos For Rob Schneiderman’s HMW Release “Tone Twister”

Hollistic MusicWorks artist Rob Schneiderman has been racking up great reviews and critical acclaim for “Tone Twister”, his new recording and maiden effort on the HMW label. Check out a bit of the buzz:

Downbeat Magazine (February 2018)

“Throughout his sideman stints with notables such as James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Art Farmer and Eddie Harris, his tenure in the band TanaReid and his 10 previous discs as a leader, pianist Rob Schneiderman has shown a straightahead heart marked by lyricism and no-nonsense taste.
That holds true on this set featuring eight originals burnished with subtle left  turns and infused with shades of Latin (“Footloose Freestyle”), blues (“Tone Twister”) and even a dose of half-time funk (“Left Coast Lullaby”). The centerpiece grabber is “Slapdance-Tapstick,” an uptempo swinger inspired by tap dancer Buster Brown.
This quintet’s sumptuous sound owes much to the rich, warm front- line union of trumpeter Brian Lynch (who owns the label and produced) and tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore. These two luminaries are, of course, tremendous soloists. But the key here is their rare sonic blend.
Bassist Gerald Cannon—taking time off  from his long tenure as McCoy Tyner’s musical director—lends his signature fat, solid support, while drummer Peter Van Nostrand is grooving, probing and catalyzing throughout. In essence, it’s the sound of a deeply connected quintet.”

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