Julian Lage

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Julian Lage
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Julian Lage at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 2014
Background information
Born (1987-12-25) December 25, 1987 (age 31)
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
LabelsEmArcy, Mack Avenue
Associated actsGary Burton, John Zorn, Mark O'Connor, Taylor Eigsti, Eric Harland, Jim Hall, Margaret Glaspy, Nels Cline, Chris Eldridge, Gyan Riley

Julian Lage (/lɑː/ LAHJ; born December 25, 1987) is an American guitarist and composer.


A child prodigy, Lage was the subject of the 1996 short documentary film Jules at Eight.[1] At 12, Lage performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards. At 15, Lage became a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University.[2] Classically trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Lage has studied at Sonoma State University and the Ali Akbar College of Music. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2008. He has Jewish ancestry on his mother's side.[3]

On March 24, 2009 Lage released his debut album Sounding Point on EmArcy Records, to favorable reviews.[4][5] It was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Lage's second album, titled Gladwell was released April 26, 2011, to positive reviews.[6][7][8][9]

On March 2, 2015, Lage released his first solo acoustic album entitled World's Fair, and on March 11, 2016, he released his fourth album as a leader, Arclight.

As of 2018, Lage's trio features bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Lage also has duo projects with guitarists Chris Eldridge, Gyan Riley and Nels Cline. For the 2017 guitar duo album Mount Royal, Lage and Eldridge received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. [10]


As leader or co-leader[11][edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Gary Burton

With Nels Cline

With Kris Davis

  • Duopoly (Pyroclastic, 2016)

With Dave Douglas

  • Uplift: Twelve Pieces for Positive Action (Greenleaf Music, 2018)

With Taylor Eigsti

  • Lucky to Be Me (Concord Jazz, 2006)
  • Let It Come to You (Concord Jazz, 2008)
  • Daylight at Midnight (Concord Jazz, 2010)

With David Grisman

  • Dawg Duos (Acoustic Disc, 1999)

With Eric Harland

  • Voyager: Live by Night (Space Time, 2010)
  • Vipassana (GSI, 2014)

With Nicole Henry

  • Embraceable (ArtistShare, 2011)

With Sophie Milman

  • In the Moonlight (eOne, 2011)

With Ariel Pocock

  • Touchstone (Justin Time, 2013)

With Dayna Stephens

  • Today Is Tomorrow (Criss Cross Jazz, 2012)
  • Peace (Sunnyside, 2014)

With Anthony Wilson

  • Seasons: Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Goat Hill, 2011)

With John Zorn

  • Midsummer Moons (Tzadik, 2017)
  • Insurrection (Tzadik, 2018)
  • Salem 1692 (Tzadik, 2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010 "Sounding Point" Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album Nominated
2018 "Mount Royal" (with Chris Eldridge) Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album Nominated
Independent Music Awards Instrumental Album Won
2019 "Modern Lore" Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album Nominated


  1. ^ Deluke, R J (2009-03-23). "Julian Lage: Stepping Into the Limelight". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  2. ^ "Stanford Jazz Festival, Jazz Camp & Jazz Residency: A swinging success!". Stanford Jazz Workshop. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  3. ^ "Julian Lage's Modern Lore". Mack Avenue.
  4. ^ Nastos, Michael. "Sounding Point: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  5. ^ Fordham, John (2009-05-01). "Julian Lage: Sounding Point". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-06-01.
  6. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Gladwell: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
  7. ^ Alkyer, Frank (2011-05-01). "Julian Lage Group, Gladwell". Downbeat. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
  8. ^ Chinen, Nate (2011-05-02). "Julian Lage "Gladwell"". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
  9. ^ Gilbert, Andrew (2011-04-22). "Noisy Neighbors, New sounds from close to home". Boston Globe.
  10. ^ Perlmutter, Adam (2018-02-24). "Julian Lage at 30: A Visit in San Francisco With the Jazz Guitar Phenomenon". Acoustic Guitar.
  11. ^ "Julian Lage | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge - Mount Royal". Free Dirt Records & Service Co. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Bone Collector video from Julian & Chris". Bluegrasstoday.com. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2018.

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