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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

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Miles Okazaki: The Sky Below

Read "The Sky Below" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Tre quinti dei Five Elements di Steve Coleman più il pianista dei Snakeoil di Tim Berne sono roba da spellarsi le mani e The Sky Below, a tre anni di distanza da Trickster -acclamato debutto del quartetto con Craig Taborn al pianoforte, qui rimpiazzato per l'appunto da Matt Mitchell—non delude le attese. L'avvicendamento tra due fuoriclasse ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor Strasbourg 2019

Read "Jazzdor Strasbourg 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzdor Strasbourg 2019 Fosse des Treize and other venues November 10-13, 2019 Jazzdor is a unique double-sided European jazz festival offering a 15-day November edition in Strasbourg and environs including German town Offenburg on the opposite side of the Rhine river, and it also presents a June edition in Berlin. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lisa Hoppe, Alexandra Grimal, Miles Okazaki, The Comet Is Coming & Other New Releases

Read "Lisa Hoppe, Alexandra Grimal, Miles Okazaki, The Comet Is Coming & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The second part of this week's show focusing on newly released album features, in particular, large ensembles, electronically infused improvised music and the many recent collaborations of the Brazilian transplant in Paris, guitarist Nelson Veras. For the first part of the show click here Happy listening! Ben Allison ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Miles Okazaki: The Sky Below

Read "The Sky Below" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Electric guitarist Miles Okazaki—also using electronics—and his rhythm section comprise three-fifths of alto sax great Steve Coleman's current band, as keyboardist Matt Mitchell rounds out this quartet for the leader's second release for Pi Recrodings, but his fifth album overall. And while the album length is a little over 39-minutes, many artists are cutting back some ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Part 1 | Part 2 Every year the 'Best-of' game is underway again. But, “best of what?" is the immediate question. It's almost impossible for fishes of prey to hunt in a huge herring swarm, or for birds of prey to hunt in those huge budgerigar swarms. 'The best' is a choice from the ...

The Sky Below

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: Rise and Shine; Dog Star; Anthemoessa; Seven Sisters; Monstropolous; The Castaway; The Lighthouse; To Dream Again.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Avram Fefer, Harris Eisenstadt, Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda and More

Read "Avram Fefer, Harris Eisenstadt, Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

You can always count on Clean Feed Records for great music, and this episode features some tunes from recent releases on the Portuguese label's catalogue. Saxophonist Avram Fefer adds Marc Ribot to his usual trio and the results on Testament are fantastic. Pianist Zack Clarke steps back to a traditional piano trio format, but the music ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kevin Sun, Roadworks, Anansi Trio and More

Read "Kevin Sun, Roadworks, Anansi Trio and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Saxophonists are all over this episode. Australia's Julien Wilson provides two different settings to display his formidable talents, and so does New York's Kevin Sun. Swiss alto player Christoph Gallio made his One Man's Jazz debut with his trio, Day & Taxi, but this time he's back with a larger and freer ensemble, Roadworks. You'll hear ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike De Souza: Slow Burn

Read "Slow Burn" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

While making his way to reputation in the world of jazz guitar, British composer Mike de Souza was lucky enough to have been able to play with contemporary greats such as Terence Blanchard while receiving his education on the guitar by leading players John Parricelli and Gilad Hekselman, among others. The guitarist co-leads the young British ...


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