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 29)
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
  • Linda Manzer Blue Note
  • Fender Telecaster
  • 1939 Martin 000-18

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


A child prodigy, Lage was the subject of the 1997 documentary Jules at Eight.[1] At 13, 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.

On March 24, 2009 Lage released his debut album Sounding Point on EmArcy Records, to favorable reviews.[3][4] 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.[5][6][7][8] On March 2, 2015, Lage released his first solo acoustic album entitled World's Fair. On March 11, 2016, Lage released his fourth album as a leader, entitled Arclight.

As of 2017, Lage's trio features bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Lage also has duo projects with guitarists Chris Eldridge and Nels Cline.


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)
  • John Zorn: Midsummer Moons (2017)


  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. ^ Nastos, Michael. "Sounding Point: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  4. ^ Fordham, John (2009-05-01). "Julian Lage: Sounding Point". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  5. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Gladwell: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  6. ^ Alkyer, Frank (2011-05-01). "Julian Lage Group, Gladwell". Downbeat. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  7. ^ Chinen, Nate (2011-05-02). "Julian Lage "Gladwell"". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  8. ^ Gilbert, Andrew (2011-04-22). "Noisy Neighbors, New sounds from close to home". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  9. ^ Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge - Mount Royal
  10. ^ Chris Eldridge - Twitter
  11. ^ Bone Collector video from Julian & Chris

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