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
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Labels EmArcy, Mack Avenue
Associated acts Gary Burton, Mark O'Connor, Taylor Eigsti, Eric Harland
Website www.julianlage.com
Notable instruments

Julian Lage (born December 25, 1987) is an American jazz guitarist and composer.


In addition to leading his own group, Lage is a member of Gary Burton's New Quartet and Eric Harland's Voyager. He also has a duo project with Chris Eldridge.

Lage has played with such renowned artists as Jim Hall, Mark O'Connor, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Walter Smith III, Taylor Eigsti, Gary Burton, Eric Harland, Larry Grenadier, Fred Hersch, Béla Fleck, Antonio Sanchez, and Nels Cline, among others.

A child prodigy, Lage was the subject of the 1997 documentary Jules at Eight.[2] At age 13 Lage performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards. He has been a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University[3] since age 15. Classically trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Lage has studied at Sonoma State University, Ali Akbar College of Music, and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2008.

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]

A former resident of Boston, Lage moved to New York City in October 2010. Lage primarily plays a Linda Manzer Blue Note Archtop, which he has owned since he was 11.[10]


As leader[edit]

As co-leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

  • David Grisman: Dawg Duos (1999)
  • Gary Burton: Generations (2004)
  • Gary Burton: Next Generations (2005)
  • Taylor Eigsti: Lucky to Be Me (2006)
  • Taylor Eigsti: Let It Come to You (2008)
  • Taylor Eigsti: Daylight at Midnight (2010)
  • Eric Harland: Voyager: Live by Night (2010)
  • Gary Burton: Common Ground (2011)
  • Nicole Henry: Embraceable (2011)
  • Sophie Milman: In the Moonlight (2011)
  • Anthony Wilson: Seasons: Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2011)
  • Dayna Stephens: Today Is Tomorrow (2012)
  • Ariel Pocock: Touchstone (2013)
  • Gary Burton: Guided Tour (2013)
  • Dayna Stephens: Peace (2014)
  • Eric Harland: Vipassana (2014)
  • Nels Cline: Lovers (Blue Note, 2016)


  1. ^ "Gear — Julian Lage". julianlage.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Deluke, R J (2009-03-23). "Julian Lage: Stepping Into the Limelight". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Stanford Jazz Festival, Jazz Camp & Jazz Residency: A swinging success!". Stanford Jazz Workshop. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  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. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  10. ^ DeFranceschi, Joe (2009-12-15). "Julian Lage: What He Plays". Acoustic Guitar. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 

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