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Phil DeGreg began playing the piano in his childhood and now performs as a jazz pianist internationally. His earliest jazz influences were Bud Powell and Bill Evans, but he is accomplished and comfortable in a wide range of jazz styles, ranging from mainstream to bebop to Brazilian jazz. His versatility has led to professional performances with dozens of internationally recognized jazz artists, as well as leading and recording with his own groups. Phil DeGreg has released nine recordings as a leader and has been recorded as a sideman on many other jazz projects. He is also featured with J.J. Johnson on the video "J.J

Queen City Blues

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Westside Getaway, Embraceable You, Fountain on a Square, I've Got a Crush on You, Falling Grace, Queen City Blues, All The Things You Are, Five For All, May Foolish Heart, Favela, My Romance, Cherokee

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Phil DeGreg: Queen City Blues

Read "Queen City Blues" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Jaunty recordings like pianist Phil DeGreg's latest Queen City Blue are what we all need from time to time to just kick back and catch our breath for a few minutes or drive from here to there without all the pressing needs, traffic roadblocks, and political wrong-headedness closing in. No grand statements, no big names. Just ...

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Jimmy Owens: The Monk Project

Read "The Monk Project" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Thelonious Monk is not suffering from inattention in 2011; it seems, in fact, that he's having a great year, for someone who died in 1982. His singularly quirky tunes have become the staples of hundreds of set lists, and it's hard to swing a dead cat in a record store without hitting dozens of new releases ...

Take Five with Kim Pensyl

Read "Take Five with Kim Pensyl" reviewed by Kim Pensyl

Meet Kim Pensyl: Kim Pensyl is a prolific jazz recording artist, composer and arranger who has twice been named one of Billboard's Top-20 Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Year. A pianist and trumpeter, he has had four Top-10 albums on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart. He has recorded with jazz legends such as Toots Thielemans, ...

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Phil DeGreg: Cincinnati Jazz Heavyweight

Read "Phil DeGreg: Cincinnati Jazz Heavyweight" reviewed by Michael Shults

Cincinnati-based pianist Phil DeGreg has made his mark in the jazz world over the past three decades as a recording artist, composer, and pedagogue. An alumnus of the Woody Herman band, DeGreg boasts ten recordings as a leader, and has appeared alongside J.J. Johnson on the legendary trombonist's video Live in Concert (City Hall, 2007). Since ...

Amazonas

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2010

Whirl Away

Label: J Curve Records
Released: 2000
Track listing: In a Whirl; Away and Alone; Blues on the Beach; I

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Phil DeGreg: Whirl Away

Read "Whirl Away" reviewed by Jim Santella

Pianist Phil DeGreg combines hot bop, the blues, and modal melodies on his second J Curve album. His modern mainstream approach to jazz emphasizes the lyrical side, while supplying lively rhythmic substance. DeGreg’s quintet moves from unison saxophone & guitar or unison piano & guitar to extended solo work, keeping each piece lively through syncopation and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Phil DeGreg: Whirl Away

Read "Whirl Away" reviewed by Jim Santella

Pianist Phil DeGreg combines hot bop, the blues, and modal melodies on his second J Curve album. His modern mainstream approach to jazz emphasizes the lyrical side, while supplying lively rhythmic substance. DeGreg’s quintet moves from unison saxophone & guitar or unison piano & guitar to extended solo work, keeping each piece lively through syncopation and ...


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