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Phil Hawkins

Phil Hawkins is a master percussionist, an accomplished jazz drummer and one of the leading innovators of music for the steelpan. As a percussionist and drummer he has traveled throughout the United States, the Caribbean and South America to perform concerts, teach clinics and study percussion. Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Phil completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music at Wichita State University where he remained as adjunct faculty, directing the Steelband and Latin Jazz Ensembles. In 1998, Phil moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he quickly gained a reputation as a versatile drummer with groups such as Three Tenors No Opera (Sea Breeze Records), Pete Escovedo, Joe Craven, the Resident Aliens, Ray Obiedo, Sam Bevan and Irish music master Ron Kavana (Proper Records, UK)

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Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Read "Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Friday | Saturday | SundayThe Monterey Jazz Festival celebrated its 60th anniversary and has been witness to some of the greatest concerts in jazz history as reflected in many stellar live recordings from the festival. This was my first trip to this much heralded event. The festival is held on the Fair Grounds and ...

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Grammy-Nominated Trombonist, Composer and Arranger Wayne Wallace Performs Throughout California

Grammy-Nominated Trombonist, Composer and Arranger Wayne Wallace Performs Throughout California

August 12—October 22 Appearances in San Jose, Redwood City, San Diego, San Francisco, Berkeley, San Mateo, and Oakland Recent CD To Hear From There Earned 4 Stars in DownBeat and International Acclaim “An accomplished arranger, educator, and composer." —Maria Hinojosa, Latino USA “No matter what or where he plays, Wallace brings not just musicianship but also ...

Sugarcane Suite

Label: P. Note Music
Released: 2010

NEWS: RECORDING

All About Jazz / SonicBids MP3 Download of the Month: Phil Hawkins "Encendido" from Sugarcane Suite

All About Jazz / SonicBids MP3 Download of the Month: Phil Hawkins "Encendido" from Sugarcane Suite

All About Jazz has selected Phil Hawkins' “Encendido" from Sugarcane Suite as our featured SonicBids MP3 Download of the Month. You can download and listen to the track for free here. Enjoy! Your friends at All About Jazz and SonicBids About the All About Jazz/SonicBids Download Program 6.4 million downloads and going strong! All ...

H2O

Label: Ramajay Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Livin' Right; Never Stop Building de Pan; Dream of the Western Guitar Repairman; Beautiful Soul; Kimba; Tragedy; Divertido; Reggae for Dinner; Walkin' the Cats.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Phil Hawkins: H2O

Read "H2O" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

With steel pans as the lead instrument and a lineup that also includes drums and percussion, there is little doubt that H2O will have an emphasis on groove. Of course, while the churning bottom is an undeniable focus of the music, Phil Hawkins has also composed some light, airy melodies to float above the beats. The ...


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