Julian Lage Trio | SFJAZZ

Julian Lage

Julian Lage Trio


Julian Lage Trio

w/ Jorge Roeder & Kenny Wollesen

Sunday, September 11, 5:00pm · 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Julian Lage
Arclight Series: Opening Week with Julian Lage Trio  

Julian Lage Trio

The music world has always been rife with prodigies; young virtuosos whose copious technique and blinding speed belie their age, with sheer dexterity trouncing the life experience to understand the music’s emotional context. Despite his prodigious beginnings — which include being the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary film Jules at Eight, a GRAMMY Awards performance at 13, and faculty status at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at 15 – Santa Rosa-born guitarist Julian Lage is shining exception to the rule. Making his recording debut in duet with bluegrass luminary David Grisman, Lage demonstrated deep maturity and intellectual acuity from the start, impressing jazz vibraphone innovator and discerning talent scout Gary Burton, who recruited the then 16-year-old for his illustrious quartet in 2004. Lage's trajectory has been linear since then, embracing jazz, pop, country, bluegrass, and acoustic folk with equal élan. He stepped out as a leader with 2008’s Sounding Point, a session featuring pianist and contemporary Taylor Eigsti, banjoist Bèla Fleck, and mandolinist Chris Thile. Three increasingly assured albums and sideman work with drummer Eric Harland’s Voyager band as well as duet projects with guitarists Chris Eldridge and Nels Cline (Wilco) have led to Lage’s stimulating new trio with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen – a group documented on Lage’s new Mack Avenue recording, Arclight. For this engagement, veteran bassist Jorge Roeder steps in for Colley.

During Opening Weekend, Members are welcome to stop by the Upper Lobby to pick up their SFJAZZ gift, enjoy a glass of champagne, and special discounts. Learn more about Membership at the Members table throughout weekend shows!

Artist Personnel

Julian Lage guitar
Jorge Roeder bass
Kenny Wollesen drums

Artist Website

"A genial, springlike virtuosity suffuses the playing of Julian Lage, a guitarist whose approach to jazz accommodates all manner of the rustic and the chamberesque " — The New York Times
"Lage’s knowledge of harmony and his familiarity with the fretboard is so extravagant and capacious that he brings flourishes to this music that it simply hasn’t enjoyed before " — New Yorker