Composer, Arranger, Conductor and Pianist
Tokyo born composer Miho Hazama is one of New York's most astounding young talents. Lauded in "DownBeat" magazine as one of "25 for the Future", Miho is quickly establishing herself as a force of nature on the world stage. As the 2015 recipient of the BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize, Miho is no stranger to the jazz spotlight, and is consistently producing music of the highest order with musicians of a commensurate ilk. Miho's music obscures the boundaries of genre and form, painting a magical landscape for the performers to create and the audience to get lost in. Her riveting performances to packed adoring audience at venues such as the Jazz Standard, Blue Note NYC and Tokyo, Joe's Pub, the Jazz Gallery, and Symphony Space show the world that Miho is here to stay.
With her masterful understanding of harmony and orchestration, Miho developed her signature ensemble "m_unit", utilizing a veritable who's who of young innovators hailing from all over the world. Now having 2 full length releases on Universal Music Japan / Sunnyside Records, Miho has written for and expertly showcased the abilities of guest artists such as Joshua Redman, Stefon Harris, Steve Wilson, and Gil Goldstein, to name a few. Furthermore, each album was carefully overseen by Miho's musical mentor and jazz composition powerhouse, Jim McNeely. Critics and music fans alike have praised the recordings, and Miho has been featured in such influential publications as DownBeat, JazzTimes, NPR, and Jazz Japan.
Brad Linde is a saxophonist, bandleader, and presenter in the Washington DC metro area. He is the Director of Jazz and Creative Music at Georgetown Day School and Artist-in-Residence at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
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).
Other projects include GINGERBRED (piano-less quartet w/ Carol Morgan) and the avant-trad jazz group DIX OUT (w/ Tara Kannangara, Quinn, Liz Prince, and Dickens).
A new collective of improvisers/composers called RAPTOR BILLY (Linde, Dohi, Kannangara, bassist Julian Anderson-Bowes, and drummer Jonathan Taylor) toured in March 2015 and Linde's new saxophone quartet "straightHORN" celebrates the music of Billy Strayhorn with four soprano saxophones including Linde, Kate Olson, Patrick Booth and a random fourth "stray" horn on each performance.
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 he is the director of the 10-piece chamber group the Brad Linde Ensemble (BLE),the 5 saxophone/rhythm section band "Sax Of A Kind", the big band BLEE (Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble) and the 14-piece BIG OL'.
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. 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.
He is on faculty at the Levine School of Music he is in demand as a clinician and lecturer on improvisation and jazz history. He was a participant in the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop 2013 and his approach has been shaped by his studies with Barry Harris and Lee Konitz.
Miho Hazama - conductor, composer/arranger
Alexa Tarantino - alto saxophone
Caroline Davis - alto saxophone
Billy Wolfe - tenor saxophone
Brad Linde - saxophone
Leo Maxey - trumpet
Grif Kaz - trumpet
Joe Herrera - trumpet
Ben Ford - trombone
Reginald Chapman - bass trombone
Dan Roberts - piano
Aaron Quinn - guitar
Nathan Kawaller - bass
Kevin McDonald - drums