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Monday Night Jazz @ Sweetwater

April 5, 2012

Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month

This week only:
Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., in Denton – adds Monday Night (April 9), 7-9 p.m. to its Jazz Night schedule.

Brian Lynch © Nick Ruechel

“We are having a unique music week at Sweetwater next week,” said owner Karen Meredith. “It will start off on Monday, April 9, when we will host a great quartet featuring Brian Lynch, here for the University of North Texas Jazz Lecture Series 2012 (created by none other than our own Neil Slater!).

The Brian Lynch Quartet features Stefan Karlsson on keyboards, Fred Hamilton on bass and Ed Soph on drums for this special performance on the patio.

Remember these dates:

  • Tuesday, April 10 – we will host the fantastic Sweetwater Jazz Quartet featuring Neil Slater, Jim Riggs, Ron Fink and Lou Carfa.
  • Thursday, April 12 – we have the privilege of listening to the UNT 2 O’clock Lab Band under the direction of Jay Saunders.
  • Sunday, April 15 – we bring the exciting sounds of the Basie Big Band.

All performances are at 7 p.m. and, of course, are free.

Come hear this great jazz with us next week.  Visit

         See you at Sweetwater! – Karen

A brief biography of Brian Lynch

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“This is a new millennium, and a lot of music has gone down,” Brian Lynch said several years ago. “I think that to be a jazz musician now means drawing on a wider variety of things than 30 or 40 years ago. Not to play a little bit of this or a little bit of that, but to blend everything together into something that has integrity and sounds good. Not to sound like a pastiche or shifting styles; but like someone with a lot of range and understanding.”

A vital force and emergent legend within both the hardcore straight ahead and Latin Jazz communities, Grammy Award Winner Brian Lynch is as comfortable negotiating the complexities of clave with Afro-Caribbean pioneer Eddie Palmieri as he is swinging through advanced harmony with bebop maestro Phil Woods. 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 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 19 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 Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Frost School Of Music, University of Miami, as well as conducting clinics, residencies and workshops at prestigious institutions of learning the world over. His talents have been recognized by top placing in the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls (#3 Trumpet 2011 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.

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