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Damani Phillips

Dr. Damani Philips is a native of Pontiac, MI, where he began playing at the age of 10. He currently serves as assistant professor of jazz studies and African-American studies at the University of Iowa, where he teaches applied jazz saxophone, directs jazz combos, and teaches courses in African-American music, jazz history, jazz theory and improvisation. Previously, Phillips was assistant professor of music (Jazz Studies) at Grinnell College, where he directed the jazz ensemble and taught jazz composition/arranging, jazz history, improvisation, musicianship and aural skills. He earned B.A

Duality

Label: Dazzle Recordings
Released: 2015

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Northwest +1: Minor Suggestions

Read "Minor Suggestions" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Northwest + 1 is a group of five jazz musicians, all educators that were brought together in a routine guest artist appearance at Spokane Falls Community College in June of 2013, by trumpeter/educator Kevin Woods. Woods along with his SFCC colleague pianist Danny McCollum, assembled a rhythm section of Washington's finest with Jon Hamar on bass ...

Damani Phillips: The Reckoning

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: No Room For Squares; One For C.P.; Shalom; You Are Who You Are; Sinister Intent; Lotus Blossom; Isfahan.

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Damani Phillips: The Reckoning

Read "Damani Phillips: The Reckoning" reviewed by Victor Verney

Damani PhillipsThe ReckoningSelf Produced2012“Reckoning" is a complex word with many shades of meaning, an apt choice for reedman Damani Phillips' latest CD. As a noun, it signifies (among other things) an objective appraisal built with concrete facts. Used as a verb, the word denotes an educated guess based ...

Damani Phillips: The String Theory

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: Pavane; Destiny's Eyes; Spanish Kiss; Lush Life; Nothing Seems Pretty Anymore; Carmen; Spanish Kiss (Barcelona Nights version); Nancy With The Laughing Face.

Damani Phillips: The String Theory

Read "Damani Phillips: The String Theory" reviewed by Victor Verney

Damani PhillipsThe String TheorySelf Produced2010 The idea of adding strings to a jazz combo has long been a divisive issue among the music's aficionados. It's often disparaged by many purists as a commercial sell-out, similar to the “fusion" concept of marrying jazz with rock. One self-proclaimed hard ...


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