This Week In Music

Bach TrumpetTrumpeter Brian Lynch, has earned respect for performing bebop, straight-ahead jazz, and Latin music, as well as arranging for others and for writing his own tunes. Known for exploring Afro-Caribbean beats with Eddie Palmieri as well as for being the last trumpeter with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, in between Lynch has worked with members of the Buena Vista Social Club, dance remixers, and Latin alternative performers Yerba Buena. Lynch has also crafted arrangements for Japanese pop stars and performed in the pop arena with artists like Maxwell, Prince, and Sheila E.

Lynch's first recording as a group leader was the 1986 release Peer Pressure. In 2007 Lynch's album The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Recording Project – Simpatico won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album. Critics describe Lynch's performance on the trumpet as fiery with lots of surprises and rich tone. His compositions push the boundaries of harmony while retaining underlying melodic and rhythmic cores.

Lynch's numerous CDs have reflected his unique composing and arranging skills, and he has travelled the world as a performing trumpeter. In recent years Lynch has turned to sharing his musical skills in academic settings. He has taught at New York University, the North Netherlands Conservatory, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Eastman School of Music, Dartmouth University, the University of North Texas, and Columbia University.


Plans that were made the 1950s—with funds from the Rockefeller family fueling a push for urban renewal—finally resulted in the 1966 opening of New York City's Lincoln center, home today of Avery Fisher Hall, the Juilliard School of Music, and the 3,750-seat Metropolitan Opera.

By then end of World War II, New York's Metropolitan Opera was struggling to maintain its existence. A plan to insure the artistic institution's survival involved creating a new opera house and leasing the mid-town land on which the old venue stood to create an endowment. Other benefits of a new opera house would be increased seating, updated technology and larger storage facilities for sets and scenery.

The new opera house opened on September 16, 1966 with the world premiere of Antony and Cleopatra by Samuel Barber. Libretto, sets, costumes, and direction were by Franco Zeffirelli. Conductor Thomas Schippers led the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra with Leontyne Price and Justinio Diaz singing the title roles.

In that first season at their new home the Met featured nine new productions including the Met premiere of Richard Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten and the world premiere of Martin D. Levy's Mourning Becomes Electra.


Week of September 5, 2011
Event: Singer Songwriter, and Record Producer Otis Redding,
Records His Hit "(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay"

Birthday: Sonny Rollins, September 7, 1930

Week of August 29, 2011
Event: George Gershwin Completes the Orchestral Score for His Opera Porgy and Bess

Birthday: Charlie Parker, August 29, 1920

Week of August 22, 2011
Event: Charles G. Conn Receives a Patent for the Metal Clarinet

Birthday: Leonard Bernstein, August 25, 1918

Week of August 15, 2011
Event: The New York Times Reports that Dolby had Developed a Noise Reduction System for Album and Tape Recording

Birthday: Marc O'Connor, August 15, 1961

Week of August 08, 2011
Event: 14-Year-Old Benny Goodman Works as a Clarinet Player on a Lake Michigan Excursion Boat

Birthday: Pat Metheny, August 12, 1954

Week of August 01, 2011
Event: The Army of France Adds Saxophonesto its Military Bands

Birthday: Tony Bennett, August 3, 1926

Week of July 18, 2011
Event: First Newport Jazz Festival

Birthday: Carl Fontana Born July 18, 1928

Week of July 11, 2011
Event: "His Masters Voice" Trademark Registered

Birthday: Bélla Fleck Born July 10, 1958

Week of July 5, 2011
Event: Benny Goodman and His Band Record "Sing, Sing, Sing"

Birthday: Pinetop Perkins Born July 7, 1913

Week of June 27, 2011
Event: Cab Calloway and His Orchestra Record "St. James Infirmary""

Birthday: Pete Fountain Born July 3, 1930

Week of June 20, 2011
Event: 19 Year-Old Arturo Toscanini Conducts the Rio de Janeiro Orchestra in a Performance of "Aida"

Birthday: Lalo Schifrin Born June 21, 1932

Week of June 13, 2011
Event: New York Jazz Museum Opens

Birthday: Marcus Miller Born June 14, 1959

Week of June 06, 2011
Event: Jelly Roll Morton Records "Jelly Roll Blues" As a Piano Solo

Birthday: Bill Watrous Born June 08, 1939

Week of May 30, 2011
Event: 1962 Bandleader Benny Goodman Leads The First American Jazz Band to Play In The Soviet Union

Birthday: Benny Goodman Born May 30, 1909

Week of May 23, 2011
Event: "In a Precursor to Outdoor Rock Festivals, Ray Charles and B.B. King Perform For 9,000 Fans in Atlanta

Birthday: Miles Davis Born May 26, 1926

Week of May 16, 2011
Event: "When The Saints Go Marching In" Recorded by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

Birthday: Woody Herman Born May 16, 1913

Week of May 2, 2011
Event: New York's Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center Announces Addition of Rock, Pop, and Jazz Concerts

Birthday: Maynard Ferguson Born May 4, 1928

Week of April 25, 2011
Event: At Decca Studios Charlie Parker Made His First Commercial Recording April 30, 1941

Birthday: Duke Ellington Born April 29, 1899

Week of April 18, 2011
Event: Pipeless Organ Patented by Laurens Hammond April 24, 1934

Birthday: Tito Puente Born April 20, 1923

Week of April 4, 2011
Event: Herp Alpert Born April 4, 1939

Birthday: Freddie Hubbard Born April 7, 1938

Week of March 28, 2011
Birthday: Michael Brecker Born March 29, 1949

Birthday: Herp Alpert Born March 31, 1935

Week of March 14, 2011
Event: Joseph Haydn's Surprise Symphony Is Performed for the First Time March 23, 1792

Birthday: Johann Sebastian Bach Born March 21, 1685

Week of March 7, 2011
Event: Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians Recorded Auld Lang Syne March 7, 1939

Birthday: Leon Bismark (Bix) Beiderbecke March 10, 1903

Week of February 28, 2011
Event: Miles Davis Records "Kind of Blue" on Columbia Records March 2, 1959
Birthday: Frédéric Chopin Marc 1, 1810

Week of February 21, 2011
Event: Duke Ellington Records "The Queen's Suite"
Birthday: Dexter Gordon February 27, 1923

Week of February 14, 2011
Event: Sonny Rollins Records his Title Track "The Bridge" February 14, 1962
Birthday: Buddy DeFranco February 17, 1923

Week of February 7, 2011
Event: Rhapsody in Blue is Performed for the First Time February 12, 1924
Birthday: Marion "Buddy" Childers February 12, 1926

Week of January 31, 2011
Event: Frank Sinatra Debuts on Radio's "Your Hit Parade" February 6, 1943
Birthday: Stanley "Stan" Getz February 2, 1927

Week of January 24, 2011
Event: Original Dixieland Jazz Band Makes the First Jazz Record January 30, 1917
Birthday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart January 27, 1756