Frost School of Music Announces Two New Jazz Faculty Appointments

July 11, 2011 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami Frost School of Music announces the appointments of Brian Lynch (trumpet) and Martin Bejerano (piano) to the jazz faculty beginning in the academic year 2011-12.

Grammy Award winner Brian Lynch is a highly esteemed musician within both the hardcore straight ahead and Latin Jazz communities. 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 Art Blakey’s 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 a series of critically acclaimed CDs featuring his distinctive composing and arranging, and tours with various ensembles reflecting the wide sweep of his music. He was formerly on the faculty of New York University and conducts clinics and workshops the world over. His talents have been recognized by top placings in the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls; highly rated reviews for his work in Downbeat, Jazziz and Jazz Times; three Grammy award nominations as well as a 2006 Grammy Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and Meet The Composer. Brian Lynch’s most recent CD releases as a leader include Bolero Nights For Billie Holiday (Venus); his Grammy Award winning collaborative recording project with Eddie Palmieri, Simpático (ArtistShare); Spheres Of Influence Suite (EWE); and ConClave (Criss Cross).

A native of Miami, Florida, Martin Bejerano is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts, Florida State University, and the University of Miami (M.M., Jazz Piano Performance). After winning third place in the prestigious 1999 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, he moved to New York City and joined the quartet of legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes. In 2004, their recording Fountain of Youth was nominated for a 2004 Grammy award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album--Martin’s first recording on a major label. In January 2002, Martin also joined internationally acclaimed guitarist Russell Malone’s (Diana Krall, Harry Connick) quartet, and continues to tour and record with both these groups. He has performed with such jazz luminaries as the Christian McBride Band, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, Adam Nussbaum, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Lonnie Plaxico Group and Marcus Printup at major jazz festivals, clubs and venues around the world. He has presented numerous clinics and toured with “Jazz Reach,” a non-profit organization that presents multimedia concerts for school children. In 2007, his debut CD as a leader, Evolution/Revolution (Reservoir) rose to number nine on the Jazz Week Jazz Album Chart. He was recently awarded the New Jazz Works composer/ensemble grant from Chamber Music of America. Bejerano maintains a busy teaching studio at the Frost School and also performs, arranges, records and tours the U.S. and abroad.

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