Julian Lage and Julie Dexter highlight Jazzanooga
Are you ready for the annual Jazzanooga Music Festival? There are a few artists itching for it to begin. On Sunday, jazz guitarist Julian Lage and singer/songwriter Julie Dexter are gracing the Revelry Room stage. Dexter is the impressive opening act, followed by Lage who will entrance you with his skillfully graceful guitar playing.
Julie Dexter is a world-renowned, award-winning singer and producer hailing from Britain with a voice full of power and elegance. The moment she opens her mouth, you can tell she has been influenced by some legends; Nancy Wilson and Bob Marley to name a few. As far as genres go, you cannot pin her down, and why would you try? She has transcended the genres of Broken-Beat, Bossa-Nova, Reggae, Afro-Beat, and Soul.
At just 27, Julian Lage has a long list of accomplishments which many musicians double his age would be proud of, including four successful solo albums, numerous side projects, and a Grammy nomination. Since the age of fifteen, he has been a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and was classically trained at several musical universities, including the Berklee College of Music.
His newest album, Arclight, is a completely original album full of pre-bebop era songs. It is his first album recorded on electric guitar and in trio format, with a double bassist and drummer. The sultry and intriguing sound will keep you entertained for hours.
To hear these two share their wealth of talent, come to the Revelry Room this Sunday. The show starts at 5 p.m. For questions or tickets, visit jazzanooga.org