Brad Linde. Brad Linde. Brad Linde. Brad Linde. (Also, Other People.)
Ever since penning a review of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra on the occasion of its first anniversary, this writer has been repeatedly remonstrated for a grievous error: The review mentioned every member of the BCJO (including those that weren't at the anniversary gig and even a few ex-members) except for Brad Linde, its co-director, baritone saxophonist, master of ceremonies, and—in the case of Monday night's gig—cake provider.
(Among the many, many commenters was this writer's wife, who upon learning of the mistake offered this writer these soothing words of reassurance: "Jesus, babe. That's pretty bad.")
Which probably means it's a good time to talk about Brad Linde's concert series, which he's been hosting every Tuesday night in April at the illustrious Twins Jazz. "Dialogues and Duets" is an intriguing concept: Brad Linde is joined each night by two musicians—one for each of his two sets—in back-to-back duo performances. The guest musicians bring their instruments of choice, and Brad Linde rotates between saxophone, piano, drums, and cymbals in a musical dialogue with the guest. They play standards, originals, and freeform improvisations, and at the conclusion of the evening, all three of the evening's musicians join in a trio performance.
Brad Linde's final installment in the series comes this Tuesday, April 26. The first guest, pianist Dan Roberts, can safely be described as an experimenter; he's centered in postbop piano jazz, but never stays there. He diverts instead into raucous and funky fusion; electronically tinged psychedelia and dub; and just plain dissonant weirdness. The other, drummer Larry Ferguson, is a badass, plain and simple. A member of the badasses-only "Pershing's Own" U.S. Army Band, Ferguson is also an extremely busy freelancer whose crisp, snappy style (undoubtedly a byproduct of playing those Army march rhythms) is immediately recognizable.
Brad Linde and his partners perform at 8 and 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 at Twins (1344 U St. NW) for $10.