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Miles Okazaki

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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

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Matt Clark

Read "Take Five with Matt Clark" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Matt Clark I'm a guitarist and composer from Brighton, England. My career has spanned 35 years, encompassing genres as broad as jazz, blues, alternative, experimental, and electronic music. The year of COVID-19 and lockdown has been both testing and inspiring. Lack of live music and in-person collaboration has meant rethinking my musical output. ...

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Article: Album Review

Duo Libertaire: Hint Of Monk

Read "Hint Of Monk" reviewed by Mark Corroto


At the dawn of the second century of Thelonious Monk's (1917-1982) music, one must wonder just what the great man would think of Duo Libertaire's homage recording Hint Of Monk. During his lifetime, actually before his music was included in the jazz canon, the only tributes available were Steve Lacy's solo soprano saxophone recordings and School ...

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Take Five with Camila Ronza

Read "Take Five with Camila Ronza" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Camila Ronza Born on February 10, 1995, in São Paulo, Brazil. From an early age, she had contact with music because of her very musical family, who always inspired and encouraged her. As a child, she joined OSESP Children's Choir and performed as a solo singer, so she soon decided to be a ...

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Article: Radio

Tributes to Monk, Part 1

Read "Tributes to Monk, Part 1" reviewed by Russell Perry


Although he has been gone for nearly 40 years, and it has been much longer since he stopped writing, no composer of modern jazz has garnered more attention from his fellow musicians than Thelonious Monk, whose work is the subject of a continuous stream of tribute recordings. Groups as diverse as the Bobby Broom Trio, the ...

Album

Long Forms

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Layas Lines; Casado; Kayeda; Scent; Groupings; Musique Anodine.

Article: Album Review

Ohad Talmor Newsreel: Long Forms

Read "Long Forms" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Maturato accanto a Lee Konitz con cui ha inciso vari dischi in tre distinti progetti (il nonet del grande sax contralto, il Konitz-Talmor String Project e la big band a loro nome), Ohad Talmor è tra gli esponenti più creativi della sua generazione. La sua statura di compositore, supportata dalla formazione classica e dall'interesse per molte ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Article: Live Review

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. ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...


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