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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


Live in Brooklyn

Label: Cygnus Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Thisness (Part One)/Kudzu; Lush Life/Dog Star; Mischief/Caduceus Steps; Thisness (Part Two)/Rise and Shine.


Quality of Joy

Label: Outhere Music Group
Released: 2023
Track listing: Quality of Joy; Deep Spirit in Time; You Know That Nobody Knows; Longevity; Borrowed Times; Where Are the Angels; Doors of Kingdom.


Article: Album Review

Matt Mitchell: Oblong Aplomb

Read "Oblong Aplomb" reviewed by John Sharpe

On Oblong Aplomb pianist Matt Mitchell pays homage to the drummers in his life. In a way, it can be seen as a follow-up to his debut Fiction (Pi Recordings, 2013). That album, a duet with stickman Ches Smith, originated from Mitchell's practice of warming up for gigs with Tim Berne's Snakeoil by running through a ...


Article: Album Review

Trickster: Live in Brooklyn

Read "Live in Brooklyn" reviewed by Troy Dostert

If one is looking for an artist whose ambition and indefatigable spirit seemed destined to withstand the rigors of the Covid pandemic and its deleterious impact on the jazz community, guitarist Miles Okazaki could be near the top of the list. A prolific and well-recorded musician before 2020, he maintained a rigorously creative schedule after it ...


Article: Profile

Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by AAJ Staff

All About Jazz is honoring The Fab Four in the year of the 60th anniversary of the release of their first album (Please Please Me). This collective tribute was originally published in September 2009--as a living document, we'll add more quotes & stories over time (see how-to in comments section). We also compiled a companion playlist ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

We Sick, Soojung Lee, Jane Ira Bloom & Novembre

Read "We Sick, Soojung Lee, Jane Ira Bloom & Novembre" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The release of We Sick is not until the end of April, but definitely watch for this fiery work of improvisation and passion. Not long after George Floyd's murder, pianist deVon Russell Gray, saxophonist Nathan Hanson & drummer Davu Seru recorded We Sick in an abandoned church across from the Minnesota state capitol which was surrounded ...

Article: Album Review

Aka Moon: Quality of Joy

Read "Quality of Joy" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Superato anche il traguardo dei 30 anni di attività, il trio belga degli Aka Moon ritorna con un nuovo progetto discografico, che rappresenta una summa del lavoro svolto finora, ma anche un nuovo punto di partenza verso altri orizzonti musicali. Come già accaduto in passato, al trio di base, costituito dal sassofonista Fabrizio Cassol, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Favorite Jazz of 2022

Read "Favorite Jazz of 2022" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show looks back at 2022 by playing my favorite jazz recordings of the past year. Musicians featured include Nate Wooley (with his group Columbia Icefield), Hedvig Mollestad, Tyshawn Sorey, Wayne Shorter, and Bill Frisell. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of ...



Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2022
Track listing: In Some Far Off Place; Years in Space; I’ll Build a World; And Wait for You.


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