The Kennedy Center

Brad Linde


Brad Linde is a saxophonist, bandleader, and presenter in the Washington DC metro area. He is the Director of Jazz and Creative Instrumental Music at Georgetown Day School and is on faculty at Levine Music.

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 group Underwater Ghost featuring Pirog, Dohi, bassist Nathan Kawaller and drummer Allison Miller, and the quartet collective Team Players (w/ Billy Wolfe, Aaron Quinn and Deric Dickens).

In 2010, he founded and began co-directing the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra - a 17-piece big band that held residence at the historic club, and he is the director of the 10-piece chamber group the Brad Linde Ensemble (BLE) and the 14-piece BIG OL'.

He has worked with some of the greats in jazz and improvised music including Freddie Redd, Butch Warren, Teddy Charles, Ted Brown, Wadada Leo Smith, Ran Blake, Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer, and his mentor Lee Konitz. He attended the 2013 Banff International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music and has held residencies at Bohemian Caverns, An Die Musik Live, and the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/2/2018: Honors Week Tribute: Philip Glass and Wayne Shorter

Brad Linde’s tribute to Philip Glass includes performances of the composer’s works for saxophone, as well as re-imaginings of his compositions and style. Saxophonist and composer Brian Settles has established himself as a rising force with a long-term artistic vision, blending the outwardly engaging with the deeply personal, reconciling his intimate command of the jazz lineage with a commitment to his own experimental voice in tribute to Wayne Shorter.

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Brad Linde