Renowned jazz guitarist Miles Okazaki gives his take on staying musically fresh, gigging in the scene, finding motivation, promotion and more!

After a recent shoot for on applying the music of Thelonious Monk to guitar, Miles Okazaki sat down with us for an inspiring interview. Miles talks about how he broke into the music scene and he gives insight into how he approaches his career, life and music. This podcast episode offers a unique glimpse into the mind of a wonderful jazz guitarist testing his boundaries, staying creative and making things happen. Hope you dig it!

About Miles Okazaki: Along with holding degrees from Harvard University, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, Miles has performed and/or recorded with some of the world’s best musicians. A partial list includes Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Barron, Steve Coleman, John Zorn, Jonathan Finlayson, Amir El Saffar, Adam Rudolph, Dan Weiss, Nasheet Waits, Aka Moon, Linda Oh, Darcy James Argue, Jane Monheit, Vijay Iyer, Francois Moutin, Carl Allen, Ohad Talmor, Mary Halvorson, Jen Shyu, Mark Giuliana, Patrick Cornelius, Rajna Swaminathan, Matt Mitchell, Craig Taborn, Tony Moreno, Ben Wendel and Donny McCaslin.


Professional musician, bassist, composer, founder of My Music Masterclass & sleep-deprived over-achiever.


Professional guitarist, pianist, director of media at My Music Masterclass, coffee snob & social media cynic.

NYC based guitarist. Performed and/or recorded with Kenny Barron, John Zorn, Stanley Turrentine, Steve Coleman, Jane Monheit & More. Holds degrees from Harvard University, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School.

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