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Miles Osland

To look at saxophonist Miles Osland’s resume, one would think he’s a prisoner of academia-a professorial type who dotes on life within the halls of ivy. And that’s an easy assumption, for Osland enjoys his day gig as a professor within the School of Music at the University of Kentucky. And he’s also written more than 40 articles on the saxophone and improvisational technique, as well as six books, including a two-volume tome called Scale Anthology.

“All that is true,” he says, “but I’m a performer first and foremost. All of my degrees are in performance. It wasn’t until my graduate teaching assistantship at the Eastman School of Music that I got into teaching, and I worked 25 hours a week. But I’ve never changed my focus as a performer. I’m 37 now and performing more than ever.”

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