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Everyone Loves Guitar

We sit down and talk with interesting professional guitar players, and find out what makes them tick. Uncover the backstory behind your favorite guitar players and behind the "sidemen" who make the wheels spin for artists worldwide. If you love guitar, stick around… you’re in the right place.

Apr 17, 2024

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On this Miles Okazaki Interview: Using guitar to overcome shyness, moving from a small town in Washington state to NYC, performing well under pressure and the benefit of working with mentors… working with Stanley Turrentine, John Zorn, Steve Coleman… dealing with divorce and some other low points, cooking, being of service to others, self-care, and why his pastry game is pretty good. Great work ethic, passionate musician

Miles Okazaki is a NYC based guitarist whose main focus is on rhythmic concepts for improvisation, composition, and music theory. As a sideman, he’s played with artists like Kenny Barron, John Zorn, Stanley Turrentine, Dan Weiss, Steve Coleman & Five Elements, and others. Miles has also released 5 LPs of original compositions and a 6-LP recording of the complete compositions of Thelonious Monk for solo guitar, called Work. His most recent LP is The Sky Below