Julian Lage

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Julian Lage
Julian Lage at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 2014
Julian Lage at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 2014
Background information
Born (1987-12-25) December 25, 1987 (age 34)
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 (/lɑːʒ/ LAHZH; 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, he performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards. Three years later, he became a faculty member of the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University.[2] Classically trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he 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 EmArcy released his debut album Sounding Point to favorable reviews.[4][5] It was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award Best Contemporary Jazz Album. His second album, Gladwell, was released April 26, 2011, to positive reviews.[6][7][8][9] His first solo acoustic album, World's Fair, was released on March 2, 2015, and his fourth album, Arclight, was released on March 11, 2016.

He has worked in a trio with Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen and has recorded duo albums 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]

He is currently a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music[11]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Gary Burton

With John Zorn

  • Midsummer Moons (Tzadik, 2017)
  • Insurrection (Tzadik, 2018)
  • Salem 1692 (Tzadik, 2018)
  • The Book Beri'ah (Tzadik, 2018)
  • Nove Cantici Per Francesco D'Assisi (Tzadik, 2019)
  • Virtue (Tzadik, 2020)
  • Songs for Petra (Tzadik, 2020)

With others

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". The Guardian. London. 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. Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. 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". Necmusic.edu. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  12. ^ "Julian Lage: Live in Los Angeles". Mackavenue.com. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  13. ^ "Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge - Mount Royal". Free Dirt Records & Service Co. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Bone Collector video from Julian & Chris". Bluegrasstoday.com. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2018.

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