Brad Linde is a saxophonist, bandleader, and presenter in the Washington DC metro area. He has worked with legendary musicians including Lee Konitz, Teddy Charles, Barry Harris, Grachan Moncur III, Andrew Cyrille, Joe Chambers, and Dan Tepfer, Matt Wilson, Ethan Iverson, and many others.
As an improviser, he currently works in the duo DITCH PANTHER with pianist Erika Dohi and with cellist Janel Leppin and guitarist Anthony Pirog in THIRD WHEEL. He composes for his trio UNDERWATER GHOST featuring Pirog and bassist Nathan Kawaller and the quartet collective TEAM PLAYERS (w/ Billy Wolfe, Aaron Quinn and Deric Dickens).
Other projects include GINGERBRED (piano-less quartet w/ Carol Morgan) and the avant-trad jazz group DIX OUT (w/ Tara Kannangara, Quinn, Liz Prince, and Dickens).
*A new collective of improvisers/composers called RAPTOR BILLY (Kannangara, Linde, Dohi, bassist Julian Anderson-Bowes, and drummer Jonathan Taylor) is set to tour in March 2015.
In 2010, he founded and began co-directing the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra - a 17-piece big band in residence at the historic club, and is the director of the 10-piece chamber group the Brad Linde Ensemble (BLE) and the 5 saxophone/rhythm section band "Sax Of A Kind".
Brad maintained a long performance relationship with the legendary hardbop pianist/composer Freddie Redd, performing at Smalls Jazz Club, Birdland, JALC and other venues in New York, DC, and Baltimore from 2009 through 2013. He was also the musical director for the Freddie Redd/Butch Warren Quintet. He has co-led a New York-based group with one of the original Tristano School members, tenor saxophonist Ted Brown, since 2010.
From 2011-2014, he was curator of the cutting-edge jazz series at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Northeast Washington DC, presenting artists including Mark Turner, Steve Coleman, Ambrose Akinmusire, Darcy James Argue and more. He is on faculty at Northern Virginia Community College and is a contributor to Grove Music Dictionary and Capitalbop.com. He is in demand as a clinician and lecturer on improvisation and jazz history. He was a participant in the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop 2013 and he studied with Barry Harris and Lee Konitz, among others.
BRAD LINDE'S BIG OL' ENSEMBLE
Elliott Hughes - conductor, composer/arranger
Jon Irabagon - alto saxophone, flute
Brad Linde - tenor saxophone
Billy Wolfe - tenor saxophone, clarinet
Oran Etkin - bass clarinet
Seneca Black - lead trumpet
Tara Kannangara - trumpet
Joe Herrera - trumpet
Ryan Keberle - trombone
Jeff Nelson - bass trombone
Amie Amis - horn
Aaron Quinn - guitar
Erika Dohi - piano
Julian Anderson-Bowes - bass
Jonathan Taylor - drums