12 September 1956, Urbana, Illinois, USA. Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lynch took an early interest in music and began playing trumpet as a child. While studying at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, he sat in with locally-based musicians, including pianist Buddy Montgomery and, at The Main Event, a Milwaukee nightclub, with organist Melvin Rhyne. In 1980, Lynch moved to southern California where he played with Charles McPherson and the following year he relocated to New York. He spent three years with the Horace Silver Quintet and overlapping this played for six years in the big band led by Toshiko Akiyoshi. Meanwhile, Lynch had begun his recording career, mostly playing in salsa bands led by artists such as Angel Canales and with the Latin American singer Héctor Lavoe. In 1986, Lynch made his recording debut as leader and in 1987 he began playing in the band led by legendary Latin master Eddie Palmieri, an association that lasted into the late 90s. In...