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.



A child prodigy, Lage began performing in public at the age of six. His talent led him to be the subject of the 1997 Academy Award nominated documentary Jules at Eight.[1] At age 13 Lage performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards. Classically trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he has studied at Sonoma State University, Ali Akbar College of Music, and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2008.

Lage has been a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University[2] since age 15.

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

Lage has also appeared at numerous jazz concerts/festivals including: the Monterey Jazz Festival, the London Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival.

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]

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.[9] He also plays a 1932 Gibson L-5 and a D'Ambrosio Allegro. Lage uses a Carr Rambler guitar amplifier and Blue Chip picks.


As LeaderEdit

As Co-LeaderEdit

  • Racy (2013)

As SidemanEdit

  • David Grisman: Dawg Duos (1999)
  • Gary Burton: Generations (2004)
  • Taylor Eigsti: 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)


  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. "Julian Lage: Sounding Point". 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. DeFranceschi, Joe (2009-12-15). "Julian Lage: What He Plays". Acoustic Guitar. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 

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