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Miles Okazaki

Brooklyn, NY      

Miles Okazaki is an American musician based in New York City, originally from Port Townsend, Washington, a small town near the Olympic Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. As the child of visual artists, his first expressions were with drawing, painting, and building. He became interested in music and learning guitar at age 6, began playing regular gigs at age 14, received many awards as a guitarist throughout his early years, and eventually placed 2nd in the Thelonious Monk International Guitar Competition. 

As a composer, Okazaki has released three albums to critical acclaim, "Mirror," "Generations," and "Figurations," the last of which was in the New York Times top 10 albums of the year. As a sideman, Okazaki works in many areas, ranging from Standard repertoire to experimental music. He had early gigs with Stanley Turrentine, Jane Monheit, Lenny Pickett, and many others. His most recent recordings and tours include Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Kenny Barron, Jonathan Finlayson, and Dan Weiss. He has been touring internationally for 15 years with various groups, and is also a dedicated educator, having taught at the Banff Institute, The New School, Queens College, The Juilliard School, Amsterdam Conservatory, and currently at the University of Michigan. His book "Fundamentals of Guitar" was published in 2015. His awards and grants include Chamber Music America’s “New Works” (2007), CMA’s “French-American Jazz Exchange” (2009), the Jazz Gallery Residency Commission (2010), the American Music Center’s Composer Assistance Program (2011), the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s US Artists International grant (2012), and the Rockefeller Brother’s Fund Artist Residency (2012). He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.