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lage seamus pike Guitarist Lage Lund was born in Norway. After failing to make it in the highly competitive snowplowing field in his hometown, Lage set a more realistic goal and pursued a career in jazz.  This led him to Berklee college of music in Boston and the Juilliard school in New York, where he was the first electric guitarist in the history of the school. Since then Lage has had the opportunity to work with Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Seamus Blake, Carmen Lundy, Aaron Parks, Marcus Strickland, the Mingus Band and a whole bunch of other great jazz musicians.  Lage won the Thelonious Monk international jazz competition in 2005 and was very happy about that, but wonders if it ruined his chance of ever winning the lottery. Lage recently broke his finger jumping into the mosh pit at the Village Vanguard when the crowd surged forward during a Jane Monheit concert. Lage's playing is better than ever.

 

Seamus BlakeDespite being recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz, New York based tenor saxophonist/composer Seamus Blake gets along very nicely with Lage.  Seamus is known for his sophistication, bold improvisations and “sheer swagger".  John Scofield, who hired Seamus for his “Quiet Band,” called him “extraordinary, a total saxophonist.” Seamus Blake’s recent releases, Live at Smalls  (Smalls Live 2010), Bellwether  (Criss Cross Jazz 2009) and Live in Italy (Jazz Eyes 2009), have garnered considerable critical praise for his masterful playing, his fine compositional skills and for his facility as a leader.  Live in Italy was awarded 4.5 stars in Downbeat. Described as “a knockout”,  “one of the elite albums of the year” and “as exhilarating as a shot of espresso”, it is on many Top of the Year lists.

Seamus Blake was born December 1970 in England and raised in Vancouver, Canada. At age 21, while still a student at Boston's prestigious Berklee College, he was asked to record with legendary drummer Victor Lewis.  After graduation, he moved to New York where he rapidly established himself, and eventually found an apartment and a job.  In February 2002, Seamus took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington D. C. He performed with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.