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Nels Cline


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Born: 1956/01/04
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years Active: 1977 - Present
Genres: Jazz, Free Jazz, Post Bop, Jazz Rock, Avant-garde, Alternative Rock, Experimental, Free Improvisation, Noise

Nels Cline (born January 4, 1956 in Los Angeles) is an American guitarist and composer. Cline began to play guitar at age 12 when his twin brother, Alex Cline took up the drums. The pair developed musically together, playing in a youth rock band they dubbed Homogenized Goo and both graduated from University High School in Los Angeles. Cline is known for his improvisational work and for the diversity of his musical projects, as well as his use of effects pedals and looping devices which give his music a distinct sound. He has played with jazz musicians Charlie Haden, Gregg Bendian, Wadada Leo Smith, Tim Berne, Vinny Golia, Julius Hemphill and the late bassist Eric Von Essen, a longtime musica... Continue Bio >>


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