"I like using songs to change the environment. To get the listener's ear to be a little skewed and like, 'Oh wait, something unexpected is going to happen.' Then you can fill it with whatever you want — church music, hymns. As long as you set the tone, set the stage, without jerking them around too much."
We talk about other contemporary jazz eclectics, like Jeremy Udden and Brian Blade, and precursors like Jimmy Giuffre. "Jazz is getting so diverse that you could listen to jazz — just jazz — and you'd hear everything. From Lionel Loueke's stuff to Taylor's stuff to Avishai Cohen. You'd get this bigger perspective, and now it's bigger than ever."
At 17, Lage could really play. At 21, he's collaborating with his band to create new music.
JULIAN LAGE | Scullers, DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston | September 17 | 8 + 10 pm | $18 | 617.562.4111 orwww.scullersjazz.com
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