Take Five With Jonny Phillips
"Their new album Migration is an early contender for jazz release of the year, a sublime, slightly unsettling but emotionally rewarding work that draws on folk, north Brazilian, West African and Mediterranean music. Like the Norwegian pianist Christian Wallumrod, Phillips conjures music that is quietly intense, beguilingly beautiful and full of pleasingly robust tunes that stay with you long after you hear them. Expect waltzes, gentle samba, persuasive grooves, poignant themes and uplifting melodies that'll make you smile, think and want to dance."
Teachers and/or influences? Egberto Gismonti, Camaron, Elis Regina.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... W hen I watched my parents play when I was three years old.
Your sound and approach to music: A mix of many years of influences. Brazilian, Spanish, folklore, serious, rock.
Your teaching approach: One step at a time. Get things right before you move on. Enjoyment.
Your dream band: I have it already especially since I added Sau Paulo-based sax and flute virtuoso Teco Cardoso. Having said that I have dreams of bands with more folkloric lineups. Flutes, accordian, more percussion, vocals.
Favorite venue: The Everyman Theatre - Cheltenham - UK The Vortex Jazz Club - London - UK Spontenio - Sintra - Portugal Colchester Arts Centre - Colchester - UK The Spitz - London - UK
Your favorite recording in your discography and why? Oriole Migration - it's my last.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? Composition for my group Oriole, Julia Biel.
Did you know... I was told I could never make it as a musician on my school careers day.
How do you use the internet to help your career? In many ways, website, amazon, mailing lists, MySpace, downloads(sson). Most of this is done by my label (F-ire.com) or my distribution (Proper).
CDs you are listening to now: Geraldo Nunez, Jucal; Monica Salmosa, Trampoline.
How would you describe the state of jazz today? In the UK its amazing!! Very original and creative and great players.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Originality, honesty, arts funding, label promotion, new ways of making money (ie. not CD sales), cheap downloads.
What is in the near future? I am moving to Cadiz in Spain, where I intend to play my guitar on the beach everyday for a few hours.