Featured Musician: Art Lillard


Featured Musician: Art Lillard

Composer, arranger, bandleader, lyricist, and drummer Art Lillard leads The Heavenly Band, Blue Heaven, the Art Lillard Trio, the 9th Street Stompers, Three Corners Trio, Comfort Zone Trio, and the On Time Band.

He grew up in Miami, where his jazz roots include playing with the great master Ira Sullivan and studying with pianist/composer Wally Cirillo. Art also studied at Karl Berger’s Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York. Subsequently, he graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a bachelor’s degree in composition and arranging, having garnered multiple scholarships and honors along the way. Art has also studied with Greg Hopkins, Mike Gibbs, Paul Caputo, Tom Boras, Kenny Werner, Portinho, Maria Schneider, Mike Holober, and Jim McNeely.

Art’s nine-horn Heavenly Band has been playing in clubs and concert spaces since 1987. Their compact disk, “Reasons to be Thankful,” was released on the Summit Records label in 2006. For video of the Heavenly Band performing live at Iridium in New York City, please visit http://www.youtube.com/user/artlillard.

The On Time Band, which can be either a trio or a quartet, released "It's Time," also on Summit, in 2009. Video clips from a performance at the 92nd Street Y in New York are also on YouTube (see above).

In 1998, Art's seven-piece swing band, Blue Heaven, appeared on television playing original compositions on two episodes of CBS's "Guiding Light" series.

A professional drummer since 1970, Art has had a rich performing career as a sideman in groups of various musical genres, including jazz, country & western, cabaret, rock, and show music. He has recorded with some of these groups. Along the way, he has played such jazz luminaries as Jaki Byard, Gilly Coggins, Junior Cook, Kenny Davern, Joe Diorio, Bobby Forrester, Eric Gunnison, Greg Hopkins, Paul Horn, Nancy King, Cecil McBee, Arturo O’Farrill, the aforementioned Ira Sullivan, and many more.

Art has written hundreds of compositions in a wide range of musical genres. Regularly commissioned by performers, producers and other composers to arrange music for vocalists and instrumental groups, his works have been recorded on CD by guitar/sax duo Pere Soto & David Valdez, vibraphonist Gust Tsilis, vocalist Larry Browne, saxophonist Claire Daly, flutist Jan Leder, and the band Groovalaya.

Art also wrote and scored the soundtrack for a film, “The Wannabees.” Some of his compositions can be heard on episodes of the MTV productions, “Jackass” and “Cat House,” and on HBO’s “True Blood,” as well as in an online commercial for Mercedes Benz.


Featured Musicians: Brad Linde & Erika Dohi


Featured Musicians: Brad Linde & Erika Dohi

Performing in the Camellia Lounge Saturday August 2nd!

Brad Linde is a saxophonist, educator and bandleader living in the Washington D.C. metro area and is the curator of the jazz series at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE.

His approach to improvising is informed by the "cool" school of Lennie Tristano, bebop pioneers Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, and the free music of Ornette Coleman, Paul Motian, and Jimmy Giuffre.  As a saxophonist, his chief influences come from Lester Young, Warne Marsh, and Lee Konitz.

Linde has performed with jazz greats such as Barry Harris, Lee Konitz, Butch Warren, Ted Brown, Eddie Bert, , Freddie Redd, Teddy Charles, and Dan Tepfer, Gretchen Parlato,  and Chris Byars,. He has performed in Germany and Austria, and at the East Coast Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, D.C. Jazz Festival, The Smithsonian Institute, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia and Birdland, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Iridium, Miles Cafe, and Smalls Jazz Club in New York. He regularly appears at D.C. jazz clubs including Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, and Twins Jazz.

He leads the Brad Linde Ensemble (BLE), a 10-piece ensemble devoted to exploring and expanding the styles of jazz pioneered in the 1950s and “Sax of a Kind”, a nonet featuring 5 saxophones and rhythm section. Presenting concerts, workshops, and club dates, the ensemble performs some of the most important repertoire in jazz history alongside new pieces written specifically for the group. Most recently, Linde commissioned a multi-movement piece by Dan Tepfer to feature Lee Konitz with the ensemble.

During 2009, the BLE celebrated the anniversaries of the Miles Davis classic "Birth of the Cool" recording, "Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall" concert, and the 100th birthday of the "President of the Tenor Saxophone" Lester Young with dedicated performances and educational engagements. Guest artists have included pianist Freddie Redd, trumpeter Jim Ketch, trombonist Eddie Bert and Grachan Moncur III, saxophonists Gary Smulyan, Joel Frahm, Ted Brown and Chris Byars, bassists Ari Roland and Murray Wall, and drummer Jimmy Wormworth.

As part of the Big Band Jam 2010 and Jazz Appreciation Month, the BLE showcased NEA Jazz Master, Lee Konitz at Blues Alley in Washington DC. The evening featured the alto saxophonist on music from the "Birth of the Cool" (of which he is one of two surviving members from the original recording), big band arrangments by Mark Masters of Konitz compositions, and transcriptions for 5 saxophones and rhythm section written by Jimmy Giuffre in 1959.

The Brad Linde Ensemble has released their debut CD, "Feeling That Way Now"(Bleebop Records #0901), which includes music from the Birth of the Cool, compositions by Thelonious Monk and new arrangements and compositions by Brad Linde and Chris Byars.

In March 2009, he organized a collaboration with the legendary Freddie Redd, bringing the hardbop pianist to the East Coast for a series of performances in Washington D.C. (Twins Jazz) and New York City (Smalls Jazz Club). Each night featured transcriptions of Redd's compositions from his classic Blue Note albums of the 1960s. Performances in New York City at Birdland and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center followed in 2010, as well as return engagements at Twins Jazz and Smalls Jazz Club.

Linde is founder and co-director (along with trumpeter Joe Herrera) of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band in residence at the historic Washington DC jazz club. The big band made its debut in April 2010 and has been featured every Monday night at Bohemian Caverns, with additional performances at Strathmore, An Die Musik Live!, the Smithsonian Institute and the Lincoln Theatre. The BCJO is the recipient of the 2012 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist.  
As a pianist, he has performed at venues including Bohemian Caverns, U-topia, Columbia Station, Twins Jazz, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and has accompanied jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato and saxophonist Eric Alexander in masterclasses. His teachers have included Jon Metzger, Barry Harris, and Ron Elliston. He can be heard on the accompaniment CD for the improvisation text "The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes" by Jon Metzger (EPM).

Brad has maintained an active teaching career for over 10 years. He has taught applied lessons, music appreciation, music theory, jazz improvisation, jazz combo and big band at the collegiate level and was the founder and director of the University of Maryland Jazz Repertory Ensemble. He currently teaches piano, flute, clarinet and saxophone at the Del Ray Performing Arts Center in Alexandria, VA and is adjunct faculty at Northern Virginia Community College. He regularly conducts independent research of jazz scores and copyright deposits at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute. He is a contributor to the Oxford University Press Grove Music Dictionary and Capitalbop.com.

Linde received his M.M. in Saxophone Performance (Jazz) at the University of Maryland, College Park and holds a B.A. in Music from Elon University, where he studied with vibraphonist/composer Jon Metzger. Additonally, he has studied at UNC Chapel Hill under the direction of Jim Ketch and has studied jazz and improvisation extensively with bebop guru Barry Harris and iconic alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.