Phil Ravita

Phil Ravita

Musicians | Instrument: Bass | Location: Bethesda

Updated: November 1, 2023

One of the Mid-Atlantic’s most versatile and sought after bassists, Phil Ravita leads Ravita Jazz and appears with many other jazz and classical ensembles and orchestras. He is also a college professor and host of a weekly radio program on WMTB 89.9 FM. Tune in Mondays at 7 PM EST.

He has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Bobby Shew, Claudio Roditi and Ruby Glover, appearing in countless clubs, concert halls and festivals. He can be heard on numerous recordings and recently won critical acclaim for his work with Grasso-Ravita Jazz Ensemble and the group’s highly praised 2021 recording, Jagged Spaces.

On faculty of Mount Saint Mary’s University, Prince Georges Community College, Harford Community College and the College of Southern Maryland, Ravita is a popular clinician.

He holds a master’s degree in jazz performance from University of Maryland, College Park (2011) and earned a doctorate in music education from Boston University in 2020.


BillBoard magazine Charting artist Endorsed Artist with Eden Bass Amplifiers Endorsed Artist with REMIC Microphones


Phil Ravita uses Aguilar Bass Amplifiers and REMIC Microphones.


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New Music From Ravita, Perelman And More

Read "New Music From Ravita, Perelman And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show all new music from Phil Ravita Jazz plus two new releases from Ivo Perelman, one with James Emery and the other with Aruan Ortiz & Lester St. Louis. In addition there are new albums from Paula Sanchez & Mariana Carvalho, Hernan Hecht & Rick Parker, Stefano Falcone, Clifford Jordan, Noshir Mody, the Kevin O'Connell Quartet featuring Adam Brenner, Illegal Crowns (Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum & Benoit Delbecq), Transatlantic Five (Nate Wooley, Ken Vandermark, Christopher ...

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Ravita Jazz: Oriana

Read "Ravita Jazz: Oriana" reviewed by Bill Milkowski

On his second outing as a leader, bassist-composer Phil Ravita recruited a close-knit crew of musicians that he's worked with in the Mid-Atlantic region since their time together in grad school at the University of Maryland, College Park. “We've known each other since 2007," he said of bandmates Greg Small on piano and Nucleo Vega on drums. Since then, they've done gigs in jny: New York City, jny: Washington, D.C. and jny: Baltimore and a myriad of Maryland towns and ...

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Ravita Jazz with bassist Phil Ravita Release 'Oriana'

Ravita Jazz with bassist  Phil Ravita Release 'Oriana'

Source: Jazz Beyond Borders

Ravita Jazz releases Oriana in April 2023. Writing in the liner notes, jazz journalist and author Bill Milkowski says: “Together with his like-minded colleagues, bassist-composer-bandleader Ravita takes listeners on a kinetic, contemplative and ultimately expansive ride on Oriana.” Ten tracks feature originals by Ravita and other band members with creative takes on “Black Coffee” and “Caravan.” This is Phil Ravita’s first album as sole leader. The acoustic/electric bassist is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s busiest players. Having worked with such jazz ...

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