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DC Jazz Festival: Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra

Considering that today is the midpoint of the DC Jazz Festival, pickings are extremely slim; the calendar lists exactly two events this evening. Make of that what you will, but tonight is perhaps the perfect opportunity, if you haven't already, to catch the District's only in-residence big band: the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra.

We covered the BCJO's debut back in April, and reports are that it's only gotten better as it's settled into its regular slot (Monday nights at 8 p.m.) and dealt with some personnel shifts. New charts come into the repertoire all the time—members are encouraged to bring in pieces for the band—while the temperament stays remarkably cool, with co-leaders Joe Herrera (trumpet) and Brad Linde (baritone sax) taking a laid-back management style and letting the other musicians take the reins on the arrangements they provide. "This band has less ego clashes than any other band I've been in," one member told me recently. "It's just people who really want to play, really want to learn, and just want to be a part of a big band."

All good reasons to check out the BCJO tonight. The group hits the stage at 8 p.m. at Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th St. NW. $7.

Photo by Meher J. Dalal.

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  • Mike Licht

    How does a big band work in that small, reverberant room?

  • Brad Linde

    It works very well. The band is all acoustic. There are no microphones except one used for introducing the music and musicians.