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Phil Abraham

After studying the classical piano, the guitar and harmony, Phil Abraham was seduced by jazz and the trombone, on which he is self-taught. His stylistic evolution is parallel to the history of jazz, and even if he is a modern soloist today, he has worked with a wide variety of great musicians. Phil has taken part in more than eighty albums, thirteen with his own group, with which he won many prizes. He has often been invited in big bands as a soloist. He took part in many recordings and concerts of the big band of the Belgian Radio (BRT). Phil Abraham also devotes his career to teaching, training courses and master-classes. He was a teacher of vocal improvisation in Antwerp and Brussels. He is now a trombone teacher at the Brussels Royal Conservatory, at the National Conservatory in Metz (France) and at the National Conservatory in Douai (France) Has played with: Michel PETRUCCIANI, Charles AZNAVOUR, Claude NOUGARO, Clark TERRY, Hal SINGER, Toots THIELEMANS, Klaus IGNATZEK, John SURMAN, Art FARMER, Michel HERR, Andy EMLER, Paolo FRESU, John ENGELS, Dusko GOYKOVICH, Benny BAILEY, Bart VAN LIER, Henri TEXIER, Klaus WEISS, Deborah BROWN, Maria SCHNEIDER, John LEWIS, Lou BENNETT, Claudio RODITI, William SHELLER, Didier Lockwood, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michel LEGRAND, Lucky PETERSON His Quartet record "Stapler" (Igloo IGL 091), with Michel HERR, Jean-Louis RASSINFOSSE and Stéphane GALLAND was chosen as the CD of the month by the Belgian jazz magazine "Jazz In Time". His CD "En Public" (Lyrae records, LY9703007) was selected as the CD of the month by the French "Jazz Magazine" in October '97. Events Was chosen by the Belgian Radio (BRT) to represent Belgium in the Big Band of the European Broadcasting Union in Strasbourg (France). Was invited in 1994 as a soloist at the Moscow Concert Hall for a TV concert with the Moscow Big Band. Was the first Belgian Jazzman to be a member of the "Orchestre National de Jazz" in France, that he joined for 3 years with Laurent CUGNY, then stayed with Didier LEVALLET for additional 3 years. Replaced Bob BROOKMEYER in Michel PETRUCCIANI sextet, with Victor JONES (drs), Anthony JACKSON (bass), Flavio BOLTRO (tp) and Stefano DI BATTISTA (sax). Participated (1998) in the album "Jazznavour" of the French singer Charles AZNAVOUR, in which he played all the trombone parts. Other participants include Jacky TERRASSON (p), André CECCARELLI (drs), Remy VIGNOLO (b). Arrangements are by Pierre DREVET (p) and there are other celebrity guests like Michel PETRUCCIANI, Diane REEVES, Richard GALLIANO and Eddy LOUIS.

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Tromonist Phil Abraham releases "For 4 Brothers + 1" on Hypnote Records

Tromonist Phil Abraham releases "For 4 Brothers + 1" on Hypnote Records

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A meeting between four incredible pianists, often fellow travellers of the leader in the past, and percussionist Luc Vanden Bosch makes a whole new concept on For 4 Brothers + 1, and the evolution of Phil Abraham's international career. The trombonist and singer performed in many countries, several times in the US (jny: Seattle, jny: New York CIty, jny: Los Angeles) and recently in China. His reputation is well established both as sideman (Michel Petrucciani, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Dee ...


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Rene Laanen new manager trombonist /vocalist Phil Abraham

Rene Laanen new manager trombonist /vocalist Phil Abraham

Source: All About Jazz

PRESS CUTS PHILABRAHAM "Phil Abraham sings and makes his instrument sing as well he distills jazz blended in pleasure and humor." (VERS L'AVENIR) "This is a great little trio who play off one another in perfect balance... Kinda reminds me of Bill Evans classic trio... in terms of how balanced they were and how well they played together. This trio approaches that level." (JAZZREVIEW) "... the subtle and tender voice of Phil Abraham lingers above the melodies, refreshes the brain and lightens the spirit." (LA NOUVELLE GAZETTE) "A trio of seducers. Happiness at its row state

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Primary Instrument




Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Conservatoire Royal Brussels. CRR Douai (France)

Clinic/Workshop Information

Make your trombone sing and talk. Don't play to play fast, high, loud, much, long times, complicated things and for sale ! Just search for the beauty. Jazz is a kind of music and music is an art.

Chet Baker
trumpet and vocals
Clark Terry
J.J. Johnson





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