A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Photo via The Oswegonian

Photo via The Oswegonian

Lage Lund is a “deftly imaginative guitarist,” according to The New York Times. Nate Chinen elaborates, “Lund exudes a diffident and self-deprecating kind of cool… His playing and presence can both be casually magnetic. Like Jim Hall, one of the guitarists in his heroes’ gallery, he channels reticence into a whisper-quiet mystique.”

Originally from Skein, Norway, Lage moved to the States to attend Berklee College of Music, and was the first guitarist to be enrolled in Juilliard’s Institute of Jazz Studies. In 2005, he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition. The decision was made by a panel featuring Pat MartinoJohn PizzarelliEarl KlughBill FrisellStanley Jordan and Russell Malone, who explained, “Lage wasn’t flashy. He was just all music and soul – that’s what we all agreed upon.”

As a bandleader, Lage has released five albums; his sixth, Foolhardy (Criss Cross) arrives later this month. Since moving to New York in 2002, he has also been a first call sideperson, and has appeared on recordings and in concert with David SanchezSeamus BlakeJaleel ShawWill VinsonJimmy GreeneMarcus StricklandCarmen Lundy, and others.

Lage has performed here as a leader dozens of times dating back to 2006. On Friday, he takes the stage with a quartet featuring the pianist Glenn Zaleski, the bassist Orlando le Fleming, and the drummer Johnathan Blake.

Watch a clip of Lage’s quartet performing at Smalls in March 2013.