Home » Jazz Musicians » Phil Wilkinson

Phil Wilkinson

Philip Wilkinson was born in 1978 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. He started playing keyboards at age four and, as of 1985, studied organ—his main instrument—or seven years.

He became interested in Jazz in the early nineties, alternating piano and organ, and by the time he was twenty he was teaching piano and improvisation at the Clarendon (Nottingham) University.

Phil later met Darius Brubeck, son of the legendary Dave Brubeck. He studied with Darius for one year, and had the opportunity of playing several two-piano concerts with him.

Between 2012 and 2023, Wilkinson has had the opportunity to work with Jazz legends like Larry Coryell, Alvin Queen, Mark Whitfield, Ulf Wakenius, Phillip Catherine, Peter Bernstein and Jesse Van Ruler.

Phil runs the website www.playjazztracks.com which boasts over 150 high quality Jazz Backing Tracks used by people all over the world such as top players Bobby Broom and Cecil Alexander and students from Berklee College of Music, Boston.


Any organ that works.


Album Review

Chip Wickham: Cloud 10

Read "Cloud 10" reviewed by Peter Jones

Is it OK for music to be background? In other words, does all music have to be listened to with the same degree of concentration and freedom from distraction? It may be a moot question in these greatly distracted times. Here's another, related question: is the music you want on in the background necessarily inferior to the stuff you need to pay attention to? This new album from flutist/tenor saxophonist Chip Wickham is in the genre of spiritual ...

Album Review

Chip Wickham: Shamal Wind

Read "Shamal Wind" reviewed by Chris May

British flautist and saxophonist Chip Wickham is a graduate of the fertile 1990s modal-jazz scene in the northern city of Manchester. It has produced some stellar talents, amongst whom saxophonist Nat Birchall and trumpeter Matthew Halsall shine most prominently. But while Birchall and Halsall, who guests on one track on Shamal Wind, have each notched up a decent number of releases under their own names--some of them on Halsall's home town-focused Gondwana label--Shamal Wind is only Wickham's second album as ...

Album Review

Telmo Fernandez Organ Trio: The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 1

Read "The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 1" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Telmo Fernández Organ Trio is a bit of a throwback--to the classic hard bop organ trios of yore. The title of the trio's first album, The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 1, tells it like it is--a soulful, jazzy, collection that's high on melody and groove, a head-shaking and hip-swinging sort of album, low on pretention but filled with sheer joy. Guitarist Fernández leads the trio alongside drummer Jose Luis Gómez and ex-pat British organist Phil Wilkinson. Fernández ...

Read more articles


The New Standard in Jazz Backing Tracks

The New Standard in Jazz Backing Tracks

Source: All About Jazz

A New Generation of Jazz Backing Tracks Backing tracks are a valuable practice tool for musicians of all levels. Let’s face it, we don’t all live in a major city where we can play with top players every night and sometimes we need some inspiration to keep us motivated during those long hours in the shed. Backing tracks have a bit of a reputation of being a little lifeless, often with midi instruments and no sense of interaction with real ...

Primary Instrument

Organ, Hammond B3



Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Available for online lessons, Master Classes and Seminars.

Jazz educator for over twenty years. On faculty at Czech International Jazz Workshop for over 7 years. Taught in many countries, schools, universities and music academies. Author of various learning material.

Pat Martino
Chet Baker
trumpet and vocals
Jimmy Smith
organ, Hammond B3
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Joey DeFrancesco
organ, Hammond B3
Doug Raney



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Cloud 10

Gondwana Records


Organ Days

New Steps


The Phil Wilkinson...

Color Red Music


Shamal Wind

LoveMonk Records


Giant's Steps

Self Produced


The Soul Jazz Beat...

Color Red Music



Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.