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Miles Okazaki

Miles Okazaki, the son of a painter and photographer, grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the small city of Port Townsend. He began to experiment with the guitar at the age of six, and remains a primarily self-taught musician. As a teenager, he was recognized with many awards for exceptional achievements in Music and Visual Art.

Okazaki's formal studies were at Harvard University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School. He has pursued a variety of subjects, including Visual Arts, Literature and Language, Mathematics, and Music. He has toured and recorded with a wide variety of artists, including Stanley Turrentine, Lenny Pickett, Samir Chatterjee, Jane Monheit, Jen Shyu, Dan Weiss, David Binney, and others.

Recently, Okazaki has focused primarily on composing and studying improvisational concepts. In 2006, he recorded his debut album, Mirror, funding this project with his winnings as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. This album, called "a work of sustained collectivity as well as deep intricacy" by the New York Times, won a "New Works" grant from Chamber Music America to produce a second volume of compositions. This project became Generations, on Sunnyside Records. Currently Okazaki plays guitar for Steve Coleman and Five Elements, and is working on several new commissions, including a new ensemble work for the French-American Jazz Exchange program, music for classical guitar, and a new collection of compositions for his third album.


Gibson ES-175 Charlie Christian (Electric) Yamaha SA 2200 (Electric) Gibson C0(Classical) Fender Twin Reverb


On Miles Okazaki's MIRROR:

"The guitarist Miles Okazaki composed all the music on Mirror, his ambitious and involving debut. He also produced the album, created its striking cover illustrations and released the thing himself. . . . Mr. Okazaki has produced a work of sustained collectivity as well as deep intricacy."

— Nate Chinen, The New York Times "Critics Pick"

"an impressive self-released CD filled with compositions that are simultaneously complex and catchy . . . the work of a musician eager to get his career under way."
— Time Out New York

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Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only


Degrees from Harvard University (B.A.), Manhattan School of Music (M.M.). Juilliard (Artist Diploma, 2010). 10 years teaching experience. Lessons in Guitar, Harmony, Rhythmic Theory, Composition.


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Pi Recordings


Rising Sun

Irrabagast Records


Mise En Place

Intakt Records


Resonant Bodies

Meta Records


The Other Shore

OutNote Records



From: Resonant Bodies
By Miles Okazaki



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