11.27.14Ran Blake Performances and Masterclass in Washington DC area

Rare Solo Piano Performance at An Die Musik Live in Baltimore
Thursday, December 4 at 8pm.
Tickets: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time students with ID

Ran Blake Masterclass and Performance at
ATLAS Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC
Saturday, December 6 from 2pm-4pm.
Tickets $15.00
Four established jazz artists: Tara Kannangara (trumpet, voice), Brad Linde (tenor saxophone), Aaron Quinn (guitar), and Nathan Kawaller (bass) sit down for a masterclass with Ran Blake, as he performs and discusses ideas from his recent book Primacy of the Ear. Come observe, ask questions, and watch this creative artistic process among four talented musicians as they learn from one of jazz’s most influential artists.

In a career that spans five decades, pianist/composer/educator RAN BLAKE has created a unique niche in improvised music as an artist and educator. With a characteristic mix of spontaneous solos, modern classical tonalities, the great American blues and gospel traditions, and themes from classic Film Noir, Blake’s singular sound has earned a dedicated following all over the world. His dual musical legacy includes more than 40 albums on some of the world’s finest jazz labels, as well over 40 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston’s New England Conservatory. In the tradition of Blake’s idols, Chris Connor, Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson, Jeanne Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Thelonious Monk, George Russell, & Gunther Schuller to name a few… he has incorporated and synthesized several otherwise divergent styles and influences into a single innovative and cohesive style all his own, ranking him among the geniuses of the genre. The addition of his innovative aural based teaching approach, and the forty years he has spent influencing future generations of musicians, makes his contributions to the long tradition of jazz even more impressive. A recent Downbeat review said, “Ran Blake is so hip it hurts … a pianist who can make you laugh at his dry humor one second and wring a tear the next." His music still sounds fresh and unmistakably unique. Nearly fifty years after his innovative release, The Newest Sound Around with vocalist Jeanne Lee (RCA-Victor), Ran continues to evolve his noir language on the piano, making him one of most resilient artists in jazz history.

Ran’s most recent recordings are Cocktails at Dusk: A Tribute to Chris Connor with Ricky Ford and Laïka Fatien (impulse!/ Sunnyside, 2014), Live at the Kitano, NY with Sara Serpa (Sunnyside, anticipated 2015), and Down Here Below, vol. 2: A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln with Christine Correa (RedPiano, anticipated 2015), and Chabrol Noir: A Tribute to Claude Chabrol with Ricky Ford (impulse!/ Sunnyside, anticipated 2015).

You can learn more about Ran at his website www.ranblake.com, which includes videos of musical performance and other tantalizing noir treats. Sign up for his monthly newsletter to get the latest info on upcoming shows!

For news on the Contemporary Improvisation Department at the New England Conservatory please visit: www.necmusic.edu/contemporary-improvisation. You can also reach the chair, Hankus Netsky, at hankus.netsky@necmusic.edu.

05.21.14Summer 2014 Tour of the East/South/Mid-west/West Begins July 10

Summer Tour with Billy Wolfe and the Composers Tetradectet, Billy Wolfe and the Composers Octet, Aaron Quinn's Liver Quiver, Brad Linde's UNDERWATER GHOST and TEAM PLAYERS, and Brad Linde/Erika Dohi Improvised Music Duo.

Durham, NC
Woodbridge, VA
Washington, DC
Baltimore, MD
Philadelphia, PA
Columbus, OH
Lexington, KY
Louisville, KY
LaFayette, IN
Chicago, IL
Ann Arbor, MI
Madison, WI
Seattle, WA
Portland, OR
Whitefish, MT
Brooklyn, NY

01.05.14JazzTimes Farewell: Butch Warren, 8.9.39 – 10.5.13

JazzTimes asked me to write a reflection on bassist Butch Warren. The link includes some personal memories and reflections on my opportunities to work with such an amazing musician and human being.

12.04.12Ted Brown & Brad Linde: Two Of A Kind CD Released

A new album by tenor saxophonists Ted Brown and Brad Linde is available on Bleebop Records. Recorded in the Washington DC area in June 2012, the album features music inspired by Lennie Tristano, Charlie Parker, and Lester Young and includes lines by Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, and Ted Brown.

Ted Brown - tenor saxophone
Brad Linde - tenor saxophone
Michael Kramer - guitar
Dan Roberts - piano
Tom Baldwin - bass
Tony Martucci - drums and cymbals

09.13.12Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra receives 2012 DC Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist

The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra received the "most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts." Congratulations to all the Finalists and to the BCJO members, friends, fans, and supporters!

07.13.12BCJO Finalist for DC Mayor's Arts Award

The BCJO is a finalist for the DC Mayor's Arts Award in the category of Outstanding Emerging Artist. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 13 at the Historic Lincoln Theatre at 6:30pm.

07.09.12The Jazz Session #388 - Brad Linde

Jason Crane interview from his "Jazz Or Bust" tour in June 2012. Here is a link to The Jazz Session site that contains over 400 interviews conducted by Crane. Become a member to support this project!

12.23.11Best Large Ensemble (BCJO) and Best Baritone Saxophonist (Brad Linde) 2011

BCJO voted "Best Large Ensemble" along with members Brent Birckhead, Joe Herrera, Donvonte McCoy, and Brad Linde ("Best Baritone Saxophonist).

09.13.11Brad Linde, Curator of Jazz At The ATLAS

06.29.11Strathmore Announces 2011-2012 Season, including BLE w/ Lee Konitz and Lecture on the Tristano School

Brad Linde Tentet & Lee Konitz (Celebrating American Composers)
Presented by Strathmore
Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Featuring new music by Dan Tepfer

D.C.’s own Brad Linde is joined by the legendary saxophonist Lee Konitz, one of originators of 1940s and ‘50s cool jazz. Groove on music written for Konitz and tentet, and discover new works by New York-based pianist/composer Dan Tepfer, hailed as “brilliant" by the Boston Globe.

Join a free post-concert discussion with the artists.


Lee Konitz and the Tristano School Lecture/Demo with Brad Linde (Celebrating American Composers)
Presented by Strathmore
Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Jazz artist and band leader Brad Linde looks at the progressive philosophies of one of the first jazz pedagogues, Lennie Tristano. Musical examples, video, interviews and more will create and illuminate the Tristano school and its pupils, including Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh and Ted Brown.

05.30.11Saxophone Tributes Postponed

Check back for new performance dates scheduled for the following shows:

Brad Linde Presents "Alto Madness: Jackie Mclean Tribute" with Sarah Hughes, Brent Birckhead and John Kocur.

Leigh Pilzer/Brad Linde Double Baritone Saxophone celebration of Pepper Adams' music.

Brad Linde Quartet Presents: "The Cool Side of Cannonball and Coltrane"

04.14.11Project Jazz Loft featuring Freddie Redd at Twins Jazz, Wednesday April 20, 2011

Project Jazz Loft celebrates the New York City loft scene as documented by photographer W. Eugene Smith in the 1950s and 60s. Prior to the performance, there will be on-stage interviews and discussions with jazz researchers Mike Fitzgerald and Bertrand Uberall and loft veterans Freddie Redd and Butch Warren.

The performance will feature music from Freddie Redd's score to the 1959 Living Theatre Production "The Connection" (the cast party was held at the loft), originals by Butch Warren, and standards that appeared on the numerous tapes made between 1957 and 1965.

Freddie Redd - piano
Butch Warren - bass
John Kocur - alto saxophone
Brian Settles - tenor saxophone
Brad Linde - tenor saxophone
James King - bass
Nasar Abadey - drums

03.04.11Brad Linde Presents "Dialogues and Duets" Series at Twins Jazz Tuesdays in April in celebration of JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH

Each Tuesday will feature Brad Linde (saxophones, piano, drums and cymbals) in improvised conversation with each of the musicians. Two sets of duos will explore standards, originals and free improvisation. At the end of each set, the three musicians will come together for a trio performance.

Sets at 8pm and 10pm

April 5 - Harry Appelman (piano, organ) and Greg Boyer (trombone)
April 12 - Sarah Hughes (alto saxophone), Matvei Sigalov (violin), and Anthony Pirog (guitar)
April 19 - Brian Settles (tenor saxophone) and James King (bass)
April 26 - Dan Roberts (piano) and Larry Ferguson (drums)

02.11.11Freddie Redd/Butch Warren Quintet at Bohemian Caverns

The Freddie Redd/Butch Warren Quintet will be performing this weekend at Bohemian Caverns. Sets at 8:30pm and 10:30pm. Featuring music by Freddie Redd, Butch Warren and Brad Linde.

Freddie Redd - piano
Butch Warren - bass
Brad Linde - tenor and baritone saxophones
Brian Settle - tenor saxophone
Tony Martucci - drums

01.20.11Jazz Lives: TED BROWN AND FRIENDS (Part One): SOFIA’S, JAN. 13, 2011

Videos and blog entry by Michael Steinman from Ted Brown's Quartet performance at Sophia's in NYC.

12.21.10Brad Linde Quartet featuring Ted Brown

I have the distinct pleasure of playing two gigs in NYC with one of my improvising heroes, Ted Brown. Ted is a tenor saxophonist out of the Lester Young tradition and a spontaneous improviser like his colleagues from the Tristano School, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. Joining me and Ted for these quartet dates is Murray Wall-bass and Taro Okamoto-drums. Murray and Taro having been playing with Ted recently and were once the rhythm section of choice for Marsh.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 7:30pm - Miles Cafe
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 9:30pm - Tomi Jazz

Please come out to hear these amazing musicians improvise on and interpret standards, along with melodies by Brown, Konitz, Marsh, and Tristano.

12.03.10Brad Linde Ensemble selected for performance showcase at the CMA 2011 Conference.

The Brad Linde Ensemble has been selected to perform at the "Next Generation: Traditions and Trends" 2011 Chamber Music America conference in New York City on Saturday, January 15.

"Innovation. Heritage. Synergy. Change. CMA's 33rd National Conference celebrates the dialogue between chamber music's seasoned professionals and the newest generation--bringing fresh perspectives to our community while sustaining our greatest traditions."- Chamber Music America website.

10.27.10Freddie Redd Quintet at Twins Jazz

The legendary hardbop pianist and composer Freddie Redd returns to Washington D.C. for a weekend at Twins Jazz. Featuring music from his albums "Lonely City" and "International Jazz Connection", Freddie is joined by longtime associate, bassist John Donnelly, drummer Tony Martucci, and tenor saxophonists Brad Linde and Brian Settles.

Friday and Saturday, October 29-30, 2010 at 9pm and 11pm.

08.17.10Support the BCJO: Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra Education and Performance Program

The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra is developing repertory programs designed to explore the large body of work from jazz composers and big band leaders including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones, Thelonious Monk, Gil Evans, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Bob Brookmeyer, and many others. As the repertoire grows, so does the ability to present concerts and clinics highlighting each specific composer, band, or era.

In an effort to take the BCJO into public schools, community centers, and performance venues outside of the orchestra's Monday night engagement at the historic Bohemian Caverns jazz club, funding is needed for advertising, promotion, branding, and to design and print educational packets. The BCJO has hosted masterclasses and performances with public school ensembles at Bohemian Caverns and looks forward to reaching out into the classroom.

With generous support for logo development, stand lights, bandstands, and additional repertoire, the BCJO can successfully pass the importance and style of big band music on to future generations of musicians and continue to exist as the District's first and only in-house resident jazz orchestra.

06.22.10"A Great(er) Depression"-Source Festival 2010 Artistic Blind Date

"A Great(er) Depression" by Matt Ripa, Jane Franklin, and Brad Linde, is a performance that explores the psyche of a man dealing with unemployment. Through the use of a variety of texts, dance and music; the performance seeks to dissect the emotional toll of being laid off.


Tuesday, June 22 at 8pm
Thursday, June 24 at 8pm
Sunday, June 26 at 4pm

05.22.10BLE presents "Sax of a Kind" featuring tenor saxophonist Ted Brown

The Brad Linde Ensemble presents "Sax of a Kind" featuring tenor saxophonist, Ted Brown. Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 8pm at the University of the Streets.

130 East 7th Street at Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

This ensemble features 5 saxophones and rhythm section performing the music of Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Giuffre, Benny Carter, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Ted Brown.


Sarah Hughes-alto and tenor saxophone
Brad Linde-alto and tenor saxophone
Lena Bloch-tenor saxophone
Charles Phaneuf-tenor saxophone
Leigh Pilzer-baritone saxophone
Alex Shubert-piano
Murray Wall-bass
Jimmy Wormworth-drums

and with special guest:
Ted Brown-tenor saxophone

About Ted Brown:
Cool-influenced tenor saxophonist who once studied under Lennie Tristano. Brown learned banjo and violin from his father, and clarinet and tenor sax from his uncle. After playing in army bands from 1945 - 1947 nd the in Hollywood from '47 - '48, Brown moved to New York. He worked with Tristano and fellow pupils and associates Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh from 1955 - 1957. During that time he also recorded a session fo Vanguard and worked with Ronnie Ball, plus a date in Hollywood with Marsh. He later returned to New York and worked extensively in clubs. Brown recorded with Konitz in 1959, and again in 1976, while heading his own group in the late '70s.

Ted Brown was a long term student of Lennie Tristano and played and recorded with Warne Marsh during the 1950’s. Ted is still actively playing in and around New York City, and has toured with Lee Konitz in Europe and played in Holland with Hod O’Brien. In January 2007 Ted recorded for the Danish record label SteepleChase with guitarist Steve Lamattina and bassist Dennis Irwin and this recording has just been released on SteepleChase SCCD 31628 under the title “Shades Of Brown".

The University of the Streets was incorporated in 1969 as a non-profit educational organization, spearheaded by Muhammad Salahuddeen. Over the past 40 years U.O.T.S. has been committed to addressing the educational, vocational and cultural needs of the community. Initially, U.O.T.S was launched to help "deprived" youngsters break out of a hopeless poverty-cycle, although, the target population has expanded with respect to age, and diversity, over the years due to historical and economic impact. In the past 40 years countless lives have been turned around. Many of our graduates have gone on to achieve amazing successes, a fact in which we take considerable pride. We, at U.O.T.S., have also gained a wealth of varied and challenging experience; experience which has taught us many valuable lessons about educating young people. U.O.T.S. continues a forerunner in establishing innovative approaches to teaching.

04.19.10Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra Debut Performance is Tonight!

The new Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra is a 16 piece big band co-founded by baritone saxophonist Brad Linde, trumpeter Joe Herrera and club owner Omrao Brown. Beginning April 19, 2010, the BCJO will present a variety of music from big band literature and feature some of the District's best musicians on Monday nights at the historic Bohemian Caverns. Music from Ellington, Basie, Strayhorn, Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson, Maria Schneider and originals by band members will embrace and challenge the tradition of big band repertoire.

Reeds: Brent Birckhead, Sarah Hughes, Elijah Balbed, Charles Phaneuf, Brad Linde (dir)
Trumpets: Mark Chuvala, Joe Herrera (dir), John Williams, Deandre Shaifer, Donvonte McCoy
Trombones: Greg Boyer, Dupor Georges, Steve Shaw
Rhythm Section: Amy Bormet/Alex Shubert, Rodney Richardson, Regan Brough/Eric Harper, Larry Ferguson/Dave McDonald

04.10.10Lee Konitz with the Brad Linde Ensemble at Blues Alley

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
8:00pm and 10:00pm at Blues Alley

Lee Konitz has been playing improvised music across six decades, with more than 50 albums to his credit. He's a main figure in the music called jazz, known for the distinct sound he gets from his alto sax and his penchant for exploring.

He's remembered for his work on Miles' Birth of the Cool session, his emergence from the "cool school" of West Coast jazzers, and for his association with folks like Lennie Tristano and Stan Kenton and Warren Marsh, among others. His experiments and personal expressions have touched a variety of different styles and Konitz has established himself as a player in the hierarchy of jazz. (from allaboutjazz.com)

Lee Konitz will be performing music from the 1949 classic "Birth of the Cool" and his own compositions arranged by Mark Masters and Jimmy Giuffre.

The BLE expands from nonet to 18 piece big band to showcase the music and includes some of DC's finest talents:

Reeds: Sarah Hughes, Matt Rippetoe, Brad Linde, Charles Phaneuf, and Leigh Pilzer
Trumpets: Chris Walker, Chris Gekker, Joe Herrera, Brent Madsen, and Jim Ketch
Trombones-Doug Elliott, Jen Krupa, Matt Musselman, and Liz Prince (tuba)
Rhythm Section: Alex Shubert/Jack Sorock-piano, Rodney Richardson-guitar, Tom Baldwin-bass, and Tony Martucci-drums

Come out to hear one of the living legends in jazz music revisit his classic material with the spontaneous and melodic approach that has sustained over 60 years of improvisation.

04.09.10Freddie Redd returns to Smalls Jazz Club

Freddie Redd returns to Smalls Jazz Club to wrap up this winter/spring series of performances in NYC and DC.

Freddie Redd-piano
Chris Byars-alto saxophone (Friday only)
Brad Linde-tenor saxophone
John Mosca-trombone
Corin Stiggall-bass
Stefan Schatz-drums

Friday, April 9, 2010 at 930pm and 11pm
Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 1030pm and 12am

and if you can't make it to NYC, you can watch it online....

03.22.10Re-connecting with the Legendary Hardbop Pianist Freddie Redd

Pianist and Composer Freddie Redd returns to Washington DC for two nights at Twins Jazz Club on March 26 and 27. Mr. Redd will be joined by Brad Linde-saxophone, Tom Baldwin-bass, and Tony Martucci-drums to play through his classic score from "The Connection" (the 1959 Living Theatre Production) and his unmistakable way of interpreting standards. Sets are at 9pm and 11pm.

Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, 2010
Sets at 9pm and 11pm

Twins Jazz Club
1344 U Street NW
Washington DC

with special guests Sarah Hughes, Joe Herrera, and Rodney Richardson

03.17.10Brad Linde Receives Creative Communities Fund Grant

Brad Linde has received a grant from the CuDC for participation in the 2010 Source Festival in Washington DC. The Creative Communities Fund grant is provided for the development of a new work in collaboration with artists including playwrights, filmmakers, choreographers, musicians and visual artists. The new work will be debuted during the 2nd week of the Source Festival (June 21-28, 2010).

03.01.10Legendary Freddie Redd Quintet at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center

The Legendary Freddie Redd Quintet will be performing at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on Monday, March 1 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. The performance will be hosted by WBGO's Gary Walker and include a pre-performance interview and Q&A.

Freddie Redd-piano
Brad Linde-tenor saxophone
Chris Byars-alto saxophone
Ari Roland-bass
Stefan Schatz-drums

02.14.10Brad Linde Ensemble CD Release Performance at Blues Alley

The BLE will celebrate the release of their first CD, "Feeling That Way Now" at Blues Alley on Monday, February 15. Shows are at 8pm and 10pm and will feature music from the CD and new compositions and arrangements from the books of Clifford Brown, Art Pepper, and Jon Metzger.

CDs will be available at a special sale price.

You can also buy the CD at www.cdbaby.com/bradlindeensemble

02.08.10Freddie Redd Sextet at Birdland, NYC

The Freddie Redd Sextet will perform at the legendary jazz club Birdland in New York City on Tuesday, February 9, 2010. This performance follows the last year's Smalls Jazz Club engagement and features Brad Linde-tenor saxophone, Chris Byars-alto saxophone, John Mosca-trombone, Ari Roland-bass, and Stefan Schatz-drums.

One night only. Sets at 8:30pm and 11pm.

315 W 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
New York, NY

12.21.09Brad Linde Ensemble nominated in 2 categories for the 24th Annual Wammies

The Brad Linde Ensemble has been nominated for Wammies (presented by Washington Area Musicians Association and BMI) in two categories: Best Jazz Group and Best Jazz Album ("Feeling That Way Now", Bleebop Records #0901). Please click on the link to cast your vote for DC's premier bebop ensemble.

12.16.09Harmony Hall Performance Postponed

The Brad Linde Ensemble featuring Hod O'Brien performance scheduled for Saturday, December 19, 2009 has been postponed due to circumstances beyond the control of the BLE and Hod O'Brien. The ensemble is now scheduled to perform on Saturday, September 18, 2010.

12.03.09BLE featuring Hod O'Brien at Harmony Hall

On December 19, 2009 the BLE will wrap up their year-long celebration of the "Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall" concert's 50th Anniversary. This special performance at Harmony Hall in Ft. Washington, MD will feature bebop pianist Hod O'Brien.

The concert begins at 8pm and will also feature music from the Miles Davis classic "Birth of the Cool" and new arrangement of a holiday melody by Monk.

HOD O'BRIEN: There are jazz legends and then there are the “underground of the jazz renowned" – those who, although not as well known to the general public, are hailed by critics, revered by their legendary peers, influential upon younger players and sought after by collectors and cognoscenti.

Hod O’Brien is one of these quiet-and-true jazz giants. He burst upon the scene in the late 50s when he came to New York City from his hometown in the Berkshire Mountains of Northwest Connecticut near Lenox, Mass. and Tanglewood. He soon became part of the “loft scene" jamming with other bop-influenced players like Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Oscar Pettiford and Stan Getz, to name a few. At the age of 21, he was hired to record with Art Farmer, Donald Byrd and Idrees Sulieman on a record which has become a classic, “Three Trumpets" (now retitled “Trumpets All Out" on the Prestige label). He became an active part of the NY scene playing at such historical clubs as Birdland, the Continental, the Cork and Bib, the Black Pearl and Small’s Paradise.

While still 21, O’Brien was asked by Red Rodney to take Bill Evans’ place in the Oscar Pettiford Quintet. The group alternated sets with Thelonious Monk at the famous Five Spot, among other appearances. After this stint with Pettiford, O’Brien joined up with tenor saxophonist J.R. Monterose in a band which included Elvin Jones and Wilbur Ware.

O’Brien took a hiatus from the jazz scene from 1963-73 when he returned to Columbia University to study mathematics. While there, he studied composition with Charles Wourinen and was part of Columbia’s contemporary music scene. He later worked in statistical research in the field of psychology but made his way back to jazz in the mid-70s with the opening of his own club, The St. James Infirmary, where he led a house band with Cameron Brown and Beaver Harris and backed up such guest artists as Chet Baker, Roswell Rudd, Lee Konitz, Zoot Sims, Charlie Rouse and others. He followed this with an historic 5-year, 5-night/week engagement at Gregory’s (one of the few upper East side jazz clubs in NY and famous worldwide) with guitarist Joe Puma and various renowned bassists. During this time, O’Brien also appeared at such NY clubs as Fat Tuesday’s Lush Life (with Chet Baker) and the Blue Note.

Many years have passed since the early bebop days and most players on the scene today have been influenced by contemporary jazz, rock, latin and other forms of music. O’Brien’s style is still one of the purest representations of bop piano around (including Barry Harris, with who Hod recorded the CD “Hod Meets Barry"). One can also hear in his playing a healthy infusion of Dave McKenna’s influence.

In 1980, O’Brien teamed up with singer Stephanie Nakasian (who spent two years with Jon Hendricks and Company). Since then, they have toured together all over the world and have won various awards, as well as appearing at major jazz festivals and recording together for radio and on CD. In 1994, at the tender age of 58, Hod O’Brien became a father — he and his wife Stephanie Nakasian and their daughter Veronica make their home in Charlottesville,Virginia.

O’Brien is being “discovered in his prime", performing around the U.S., Europe, Japan and the Caribbean. His numerous festival appearances include the Toronto and Ottawa Jazz Festivals, the N.C. Jazz Festival, Port Townsend Jazz Festival, East Coast Jazz Festival (DC) and Telluride Jazz Celebration (CO). As well, he was a featured performer on the Jazz Party at Sea and James Moody’s 80th Birthday Cruises. He also had a number of recent triumphant tours in Japan and was featured on the cover of Jazz Journal magazine (England) and in a feature article in Jazz Times.

O’Brien is being recorded quite a lot as a leader these days with 5 new CDs out since 2004 and a Super Audio CD under the Blue Jack label (2 Japanese releases for Spice of Life, and 2 CDs out in 2005 and 1 in 2007 for Reservoir recorded live at Blues Alley, also with Ray Drummond and Kenny Washington). He was selected as one of 10 pianists to perform in Japan on the Fujitsu 100 Gold Fingers Tour in May and June of 2007, along with Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Junior Mance, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green, Don Friedman, Joao Donato and Gerald Clayton. As well, he has two recordings on the Fresh Sound label featuring West Coast greats Tom Warrington and Paul Kreibich.

As Nat Hentoff wrote in Modern Recording magazine, “O’Brien is a long-distance swinger (alluding to O’Brien’s five NY and Boston marathons with times under three hours)… Some of the customers know that he was a vital part of the bop scene… but to most listeners, he’s just a guy who makes you feel good on up tempo numbers and who can get inside your memories on ballads."

Long, fluid lines of improvisation. Strong but easy swinging drive and pulse. Unique style and sound. Purist bop style. Melodic and entertaining.


10.21.09"Feeling That Way Now" CD available at CDbaby.com

"Feeling That Way Now", the first CD by the BLE, is now available on CDbaby.com. This recording documents the ensemble's celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the "Birth of the Cool" and the "Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall" concert of 1959. Featuring new arrangements by Brad Linde and Chris Byars.

10.05.09BLE returns to Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia

The Brad Linde Ensemble returns to Philly on Thursday, October 8th, 2009, to play two sets at 8pm and 9:45pm. The ensemble will celebrate bebop composers and the 100th Birthday of Lester Young.

with Brent Madsen, Sarah Hughes, Brad Linde, Matt Musselman, Matt Rippetoe, Rodney Richardson, Tom Baldwin, and Web Grant.

09.14.09Brad Linde Ensemble in North Carolina

The Brad Linde Ensemble will perform in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, North Carolina this weekend. On September 19th, the ensemble will present a program titled "Where Monk and Mingus Live" at Marsh Woodwinds Upstairs in Raleigh. This performance will feature arrangements of music by Charlie Mingus and "Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall". 8pm.

On Sunday, September 20th, the ensemble celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Miles Davis classic "Birth of the Cool" and Lester Young's Centennial at Hill Hall Auditorium at UNC-Chapel Hill. The ensemble will be joined by very special guest, Jim Ketch-trumpet. 7:30pm, $5.00.

"Feeling That Way Now", the band's new CD, will be available for the first time at these performances.

08.17.09Two Performances Celebrating Lester Young's 100th Birthday!

The Brad Linde Ensemble will perform two shows in celebration of the "President of the Tenor Saxophone" Lester Young's 100th Birthday.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 8pm at Bohemian Caverns in DC with:

Brian Settles-tenor saxophone
Charles Phaneuf-tenor saxophone
Sarah Hughes-tenor saxophone
Brad Linde-baritone saxophone
Rodney Richardson-guitar
Kevin Pace-bass
Web Grant-drums
Brent Madsen-trumpet

and Matt Rippetoe, Heidi Littman, Brian Keegan, Steve Shaw.

Friday, August 28, 2009 at 7pm at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC with

Ted Brown-tenor saxophone
Lena Bloch-tenor saxophone
Chris Byars-tenor saxophone
Brad Linde-baritone saxophone
Ari Roland-bass
Web Grant-drums
Yaala Ballin-vocals
Brent Madsen-trumpet

with Matt Musselman, Liz Prince, and Sarah Hughes.

07.04.09BLE at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, PA

The Brad Linde Ensemble will be performing in Philadelphia, PA at Chris' Jazz Cafe on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 8pm and 11pm. This is the ensemble's first performance outside of the DC Metro area and will serve as a "dress rehearsal" for the recording studio the following weekend. If you're near Philly and want to hear the music of Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, George Wallington and Gil Evans, come out to Chris' Jazz Cafe.

05.26.09Jazz In June

Here is a list of upcoming events for June 2009. Looking forward to seeing you at these special performances.

Every Sunday 11am-3pm at Chef Geoff's Downtown with the Kevin Pace Trio.
Every Monday 8:30pm-11:30pm at Bohemian Caverns with the Thad Wilson Ugetsu Big Band.

Sunday, June 7th at 7pm: The Brad Linde Ensemble at Bohemian Caverns for the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. www.dejazzfest.org

Saturday, June 13th at 6pm: The Thad Wilson Ugetsu Big Band performs at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.

Sunday, June 14th at 7pm: CD release performance for Bobby Muncy's "On the Outside Looking In" at Bohemian Caverns. www.bobbymuncy,com

Wednesday, June 17th at 8pm: The Brad Linde Trio featuring Kevin Pace and Web Grant performs in the No. 9 Lounge at the Evening Star Cafe in Alexandria, VA. Free and open to the public.

Friday, June 19th at 7:30pm: The Brad Linde Ensemble performs for DC's Art-o-matic Festival. www.artomatic.org

Saturday, June 27th at 4pm: The Brad Linde Ensemble performs for the Del Ray Music Festival in Alexandria, VA. www.delraymusicfestival.com

04.15.09Two Special Jazz Appreciation Month Peformances featuring the music of Gigi Gryce and Sonny Clark

April is JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month). To honor this designated time, there will be two special performances featuring the music of underrated jazz composers Gigi Gryce and Sonny Clark.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 9pm
U-topia Bar and Lounge:

SALUTE TO GIGI GRYCE by the Brad Linde Quintet

Brad Linde-alto saxophone
Joe Herrera-trumpet
Rodney Richardson-guitar
Andrew Cox-bass
Web Grant-drums

Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 8pm
Twins Jazz Club:

SOME CLARK BARS: The Music of Sonny Clark

Brad Linde-alto and tenor saxophones
Brent Madsen-trumpet
John Jensen-trombone
Rodney Richardson-guitar
Alex Shubert-piano
Tom Baldwin-bass
Web Grant-drums

04.08.09National Cherry Blossom Festival: BLE at the Tidal Basin Stage

The Brad Linde Ensemble will perform Thursday, April 9, 2009 from 12pm-1pm at the Target Tidal Basin Stage as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This performance is free and open to the public and will feature music from the Miles Davis classic "Birth of the Cool" and celebrate the album's 60th Anniversary with new arrangements and compositions for the ensemble by Gene D'Andrea and Chris Byars.

Joe Herrera-trumpet
Sarah Hughes-alto saxophone
Heidi Littman-french horn
Matt Musselman-trombone
Brad Linde-baritone saxophone
Liz Prince-tuba
Gene D'Andrea-piano, composer
Kevin Pace-bass
Web Grant-drums

Following this performance, the Brad Linde Quintet will be at Twins Jazz at 1344 U Street NW at 8:30pm. The quintet will perform the music of Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz, and Lennie Tristano.

Sarah Hughes-alto saxophone
Brad Linde-tenor saxophone
Gene D'Andrea/Alex Shubert-piano
Kevin Pace-bass
Web Grant-drums


03.13.09The Connection: Jazz Piano Legend Freddie Redd

Legendary hardbop pianist and composer Freddie Redd returns to the East Coast for a week of performances in Washington DC and New York City.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 8pm with the Brad Linde Sextet. Featuring Tony Martucci-drums, Tom Baldwin-bass, John Kocur-alto saxophone, Joe Herrera-trumpet and Brad Linde-tenor saxophone.

Twins Jazz
1344 U Street NW
Washington DC 20007

Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at Small's Jazz Club, NYC. 10pm and 12am:
Freddie Redd Sextet with Chris Byars-alto saxophone, Brad Linde-tenor saxophone, John Mosca-trombone, Ari Roland-bass, Stefan Schatz-drums.

Smalls Jazz Club
183 W 10th St at 7th Ave
New York, NY

02.13.09"Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall" by the BLE at Blues Alley

The Brad Linde Ensemble will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the historic "Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall" concert at Blues Alley on Monday, February 23rd, 2009. This unique performance will feature transcriptions of the original tentet arrangements by Hall Overton, along with new arrangements by Brad Linde and Gene D'Andrea.

Brent Madsen-trumpet
Sarah Hughes-alto saxophone/clarinet
Brad Linde-tenor saxophone
Matt Musselman-trombone
Heidi Littman-french horn
Matt Rippetoe-baritone saxophone/clarinet
Liz Prince-tuba
Alex Shubert-piano
Tom Baldwin-bass
Web Grant-drums

Sets are at 8:00pm and 10:00pm.

01.29.09Three Stars: Brad Linde on DCist.com

A short feature and interview by Sriram Gopal. Sriram is a great advocate for arts and music in DC and regularly updates readers with his "This Week in Jazz" column.

01.01.09New Year, New Gigs

Here's an updated calendar of performances and projects for 2009.

Steady, weekly performances:

Sundays, 11am-3pm at Chef Geoff's Downtown (13th and F)-saxophone with Kevin Pace-bass and Charles Ostle-drums.

Mondays, 8:30pm-11:30pm at Bohemian Caverns (U Street NW)-baritone saxophone/arranger with the Thad Wilson Ugetsu Big Band.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm-10:30pm at the Oracle Lounge (MD 193 and Adelphi Road)-piano for the Jazz Jam Session with Kevin Pace-bass, Bobby Muncy-saxophone and Web Grant-drums.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES-one time only!!!!

Thursday, January 22, 8pm at Twins Jazz (U Street NW)-The Brad Linde Nonet performs "The Birth of the Cool" as part of the Twins Jazz Inauguration Series.

Monday, February 23, 8pm at BLUES ALLEY (Georgetown)-The Brad Linde Ensemble performs "Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall" and new arrangements for this 10 piece band.

Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28 at SMALLS JAZZ CLUB in New York City-the Freddie Redd Sextet featuring Freddie Redd-piano, Brad Linde-saxophone, Chris Byars-saxophone, John Mosca-trombone, Ari Roland-bass and Stefan Schatz-drums.

12.11.08Brad Linde Ensemble performs "Birth of the Cool" at Twins Jazz for Inauguration Jazz Series

The Brad Linde Ensemble performs as part of the Twins Jazz Inauguration Jazz Series on Thursday, January 22, 2009. The ensemble will perform the music of the Miles Davis classic "Birth of the Cool" for its 60th Anniversary. Along with the original arrangements by Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, and John Lewis, new works have been crafted to explore the same instrumentation and tonal colors.

Brent Madsen-trumpet
Sarah Hughes-alto saxophone, engraving
Brad Linde-baritone saxophone, arranging
Matt Musselman-trombone
Heidi Littman-horn
Liz Prince-tuba
Alex Shubert-piano
Tom Baldwin-bass
Web Grant-drums

11.10.08Redd's Blues: The Music of Freddie Redd at Twins Jazz, Sunday Nov 16 8pm and 10pm

Featuring some of the D.C. area's greatest jazz talent, the Brad Linde Sextet will breathe new life into the under-heard music of Freddie Redd. Redd's Blue Note recordings were made in collaboration with jazz legends Jackie McLean, Tina Brooks, Paul Chambers, and Louis Hayes. Redd's hauntingly melodic and always swinging music will be authentically presented with a mix of skillful arrangements and authoritative improvisations.

One time D.C. resident Freddie Redd has had an episodic career, with high points followed by periods in which he maintained a low profile. After a period in the Army (1946-49), Redd worked with drummer Johnny Mills and then in New York played with Tiny Grimes (with whom he recorded), Cootie Williams, Oscar Pettiford and the Jive Bombers. Redd, who appeared with both jazz and early R&B groups, recorded his debut as a leader for Prestige in 1955 (reissued in the OJC series), appeared on dates led by Gene Ammons and Art Farmer, and toured Sweden in 1956 with Ernestine Anderson and Rolf Ericson, cutting an obscure trio set in Sweden for the Metronome label. When he returned to the U.S., Redd settled for a time in San Francisco, where he worked as the house pianist at Bop City and recorded for Riverside. He found his greatest fame when he wrote the music for the play The Connection. He acted and played in the landmark show in New York, London and Paris, was in the film, and recorded the music for Blue Note, the first of his three sessions for the label (all of which were reissued on a Mosaic limited-edition box set as two-CD sets). Unfortunately, there were no encore writing assignments, and Redd soon moved to Europe, where he performed regularly but became quite obscure in the U.S. In 1974, he moved to Los Angeles, but despite worthy sessions for Interplay (1977), Uptown (1985), Triloka (1988) and Milestone (1990), Freddie Redd remains an underrated great, still playing in his prime without gaining much recognition. (Scott Yanow - All Music Guide)

The Brad Linde Sextet consists of Brent Madsen (trumpet), John Kocur (alto saxophone), Brad Linde (tenor saxophone, arranger), Alex Shubert (piano), Tom Baldwin (bass), and Tony Martucci (drums).

10.21.08Brad Linde Ensemble at Twins Jazz Thursday October 30

The Brad Linde Ensemble will be performing the music of Tadd Dameron, Gigi Gryce, Lucky Thompson, Elmo Hope, Freddie Redd and others from the bop era at Twins Jazz on Thursday, October 30th.
The sets will be at 8pm and 10pm and the band will feature the following musicians:

Brent Madsen-trumpet
Sarah Hughes-alto sax, flute
Brad Linde-tenor sax, flute
Chris Wolf-trombone
Bobby Muncy-bari sax, clarinet
Alex Shubert-piano
Kevin Pace-bass
Dave McDonald-drums

This is the last show of this group this month, so please come out.

Twins Jazz is located at 1344 U Street NW Washington DC 20009


07.30.08Brad Linde Ensemble at Bohemian Caverns

The Brad Linde Octet will be performing two sets on August 12 and August 26 at the historic Bohemian Caverns in Washington DC. The band will feature arrangements of Tadd Dameron and Gigi Gryce from the Chris Byars songbook and original arrangements of compositions by Ornette Coleman, Lee Konitz and others. 8pm and 9:30pm sets-$5.00 cover to hear classic jazz from the 1950s in a fresh way.

02.11.08 Performance at the Elon University Jazz Festival featuring Barry Harris

Bebop legend and guru Barry Harris will be the clinician/special guest at the Elon University Jazz Festival on February 23, 2008. In addition to masterclasses, Barry will be performing with Thomas Taylor-drums, Kevin Pace-bass and me on saxophones.

02.11.08Monday Nights at Bohemian Caverns

Come check out the Thad Wilson Ugetsu Big Band at Bohemian Caverns on Monday evenings starting at 8:30pm. Features Brian Settles-tenor sax, John Kocur-alto, Joe Brotherton-trumpet, Brad Linde-baritone sax and many more...

12.05.07UM Jazz Repertory Ensemble makes performance debut

The new University of Maryland Jazz Repertory Ensemble performed its first concert on Thursday, November 29th in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall. The ensemble's first semester focused on the nonet arrangements from the seminal Miles Davis album "Birth of the Cool." The student ensemble was followed by a sextet of UM alumni and local professionals performing the repertoire from the late 50s that lead to the masterpiece recording "Kind of Blue."

On April 17th, 2008 the UMJRE will perform the Charles Mingus repertoire from the "Blues and Roots" and "Ah Um" albums.

10.06.06Christmas Cheer CD Available featuring BL3.

CD release of Alamance County musicians performing Christmas songs.In addition to the BL3 version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", check out Robin Riggins' track to hear me, Kevin Timmons, Kevin Pace and Matt McCaughan.