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Julian Lage Trio in Boston, Dec. 31, 2011

A rising star guitarist and his new trio ring in the new year in style

This year the Boston leg of National Public Radio’s annual New Year’s Eve “Toast of the Nation” featured guitarist Julian Lage’s crack new trio with Larry Grenadier on bass and Eric Harland on drums, plus special guest (and Julian Lage Group band mate) Dan Blake on tenor saxophone. The hour-long live set took place at the Berklee Performance Center, the nightclub ambience of previous years’ “Toast” segments in Boston giving way to a setting more accessible to the crowds sampling the city’s assorted First Night celebrations.

As in years past, though, the live nationwide radio broadcast meant some priming of the audience was in order. Longtime WGBH radio host Eric Jackson stepped onstage just before the 8 p.m. performance to urge those in attendance to applaud “so they can hear you all the way across the country.” In fact, Jackson added, he personally knew some people who would be listening to NPR’s simultaneous webcast in Paris, “so maybe you should clap in French.”

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