Brad Linde and Erika Dohi
Brad Linde - tenor saxophone
Erika Dohi - piano
Brad and Erika met at the 2013 Banff International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music under the direction of Vijay Iyer. Their improvised duo collaboration has continued, most recently as featured performers at the 7th Annual International Society for Improvised Music Conference at the New School in New York City where Wadada Leo Smith joined them in duo and trio explorations.
At the age of ten, Japanese born pianist Erika Dohi, performed Takekuni Hirayoshi’s Piano Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic at both the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall (Poland), and the Izumi Hall in Osaka, (Japan). More recently, she has performed George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with a conductor Tetsuro Ban with Ensemble Kobe in Kyoto. Among her awards are prizes with the Moray Piano Competition, Scotland and the PTC Piano Competition in Osaka, Japan.
A diverse musician, Ms. Dohi has performed at a range of international festivals including Les Nuits Musicales de Nice, (France), the International Academy of Music (Castelnuovo di garfagnana, Italy), as well as the Music X (Blonay, Switzerland).
Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Debussy, Bartok, Ligeti and Berio and includes the jazz influenced composers Bruce Stark and Anthony Davis. Committed to contemporary music, Ms. Dohi has premiered works by Samir Chatterjee and Andy Akiho at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Princeton University.
Erika has performed in New York at Carnegie’s Weill recital hall, Symphony Space, Steinway Hall, Gershwin Hotel and Cornelia Street Café, Cafe Vivaldi, and at Queen Elizabeth Hall (London). In Japan, she has performed in Tokyo at Kokubunji Izumi Hall, and in Osaka at Chuo Kokaido and Symphony Hall. She regularly performs in her hometown, Osaka, in the “R” music series at the Rhiga Royal Hotel. In 2010, the national NHK radio station broadcast Ms. Dohi’s performance at NHK Hall.
Ms. Dohi has performed with a diverse range of musicians including Jefferey Milarsky, Dave Liebman, and the ensemble eighth blackbird.
Ms. Dohi was a scholarship recipient from the Purcell School of Music in London prior to coming to the states. She holds a Bachelor’s degree, and a Master of Music in the Contemporary Performance Program from the Manhattan School of Music. She has studied previously with Phillip Kawin, jazz with Garry Dial and now studies piano with Anthony DeMare and Christopher Oldfather, improvisation with Vijay Iyer.
Brad Linde's TEAM PLAYERS
Brad Linde - alto and tenor saxophone
Billy Wolfe - tenor saxophone
Aaron Quinn - guitar
Deric Dickens - drums and cymbals
Brad Linde's TEAM PLAYERS is a quartet collective of composers and improvisers. Each member contributes to the whole of the sound with concepts, ideas, compositions, imagination, and creativity. Their first album, DRAFT, was recorded in New York City in June 2014 and features compositions by tenor saxophonist Billy Wolfe (Logan, UT), guitarist Aaron Quinn (Columbus, OH), drummer Deric Dickens (Brooklyn, NY), and saxophonist Linde (Washington, DC) and includes free improvisations and a standard from the songbook of Thelonious Monk.
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 duo 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 his quartet collective TEAM PLAYERS (w/ Billy Wolfe, Aaron Quinn and Deric Dickens).
Other projects include GINGERBRED (w/ Carol Morgan, Corin Stiggall, and EJ Strickland) and the avant-trad jazz group DIX OUT (w/ Quinn, Liz Prince, and Dickens).
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 was the director of the 10-piece chamber group the Brad Linde Ensemble (BLE) and the 5 saxophone/rhythm section band "Sax Of A Kind" (2007-2014).
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 and is currently working on a book about Lester Young. 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.