Dan Phillips

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: December 8, 1965    

Dan Phillips

Dan Phillips has been a bandleader and composer for more than fifteen years and during this time he has performed throughout North America, and Asia developing an original voice and approach to improvised music.

Dan began his musical pursuits as a teenager playing drums and percussion as well as noodling on the piano. He entered a local Community College in his native Springfield, Illinois as a percussion major before realizing that guitar was his calling and switched in his second year. It was during this time in his hometown that Dan began playing his first Jazz gigs on guitar thanks to genourous compassionate local musicians who heard something promising in the very green young BeBopper. His progress was such that after only a few years on the instrument he had gained enough confidence and chops to enter Berklee College of Music in Boston as a guitar performance major....
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“Dan Phillips new CD Destination Unknown is a brilliant recording of contemporary improvisation at it’s best. The album features nine original compositions that distinguish Phillips as an elite and highly imaginative composer……….Phillips has a very unique guitar style embracing the best qualities of today’s most prolific guitarists……yet retaining his own individualistic approach to composition and improvisation.”

Review of Dan Phillips Trio CD Destination Unknown, Jazz Improv Magazine 4/08

“The first impact Phillips makes is with his sense of swing and thick notes that fall from his guitar…….he opens the vista in a swell of notes that cut, roll and sweep ahead in a near torrent…..The textures weave and bob, taking flight on the wings of their imagination. Phillips….makes the experience interesting by taking a turn, breaking up a rhythm, and scattering the edifice. In the unknown lies welcome surprise.”

(review of Dan Phillips Trio “A Moment of Clarity” 1/2005

“Phillips obviously has a clear concept for the music on this release. The entire CD is filled with twists and turns which help add to it's interest and appeal ….it also shows Phillips' inventiveness with simple melodic ideas.”

(review of Dan Phillips Trio “A Moment of Clarity”) Jazz Improv Magazine V5N2 12/2004

“….thoughtful and swinging……creates a lot of intriguing colors and not afraid to go out harmonically…It is wonderful to hear music of this high caliber coming from such limited materials. Doing so much with so little is a rarity, and it requires the kind of musical intelligence of a Dan Phillips.”

(review of Dan Phillips Trio “A Moment of Clarity”) Cadence Magazine 6/2004

“….he possesses one of the finest techniques I have personally observed; he has an extraordinary sense of time, meter, and phrasing; and he is an extremely lyrical improviser. As a composer, he is capable of expressing himself in uniquely personal musical styles.”

Antonio Garcia, Associate Professor, Director of Jazz Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004.

“…a world-class musician…..a level of playing not usually attainable by most musicians. In addition he has developed a unique style of playing along with his own distinctive sound.”

Dr. Gene Aitken, retired Director of University of Northern Colorado , IAJE Hall of Fame Member, Currently Advisor to the Director, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, National University , Singapore , 2004.

  • Bangkok Edge Live

    Self Produced
  • Bangkok Edge

    Self Produced
  • Bangkok Edge

    Self Produced
  • A Moment of Clarity

    Self Produced

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Taling Chan, Bangkok

Dan has been a guitar instructor and music educator for 20 years. He has had private guitar studios in New York City, Chicago and Bangkok. He has taught at the university level at Mahidol College of Music (head of jazz dept), Rangsit University (lecturer in Jazz Guitar), Minnesota State University Moorhead (Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies) and now at Silpakorn University College of Music (lecturer in Jazz Guitar and Jazz Studies). For Private instruction he has taught students of various interests and levels and has developed a solid approach that fits the needs of the individual. Dan is available locally in Bangkok for private lessons or internationally via Skype. He is also available for workshops locally and abroad. Fell free to contact Dan for more info.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Dan has given workshops and clinics on guitar and Jazz Performance in the US, Austria and Thailand including Northwestern University Evanston Ill, Voels Music School Voels Austria, Imst Music School Imst, Austria, Innsbruck Conservatory Innsbruck, Austria, Olympic College Seattle Washington, MMEA Convention Minneapolis MN, Songkla University Hat Yai Thailand, Thailand Jazz Conference Salaya Thailand, Yamaha Music Stores in Chiang Mai, Phuget and Khon Koen Thailand, Mahasarakam University Mahasarakam Thailand, Yes Academy Bangkok Thailand and No Ego Jazz Camp Bangkok Thailand.

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CD/LP/Track Review

Bangkok Edge Live by Ian Patterson

Bangkok Edge by Dan Bilawsky

Bangkok Edge by Ian Patterson

DVD/Video/Film Reviews

Dan Phillips: Jazz Guitar - Basics and Beyond

CD/LP/Track Review

A Moment of Clarity by Jerry D'Souza

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Featured recording “Bangkok Edge Live”

Bangkok Edge Live
Self Produced (2014)
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