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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: July 19, 1941

Chicago-born guitarist and bassist Phil Upchurch has been backing jazz, blues, and pop stars for over 50 years. What magic formula has allowed him to record and perform with everyone from Otis Rush and Donny Hathaway to George Benson and Michael Jackson? Aside from Upchurch’s immense talent and versatility, it also has to do with the fact that the guitarist is very detail oriented”particularly when it comes to rhythmic and melodic phrasing. Whether comping or soloing, Upchurch thinks like a drummer and always plays with and not on top of the band.

“If you listen to [drummer] Philly Joe Jones’ snare, you can get a lot of ideas for rhythmic comping on the guitar,” offers Upchurch, who also points to Miles Davis”with his masterful blend of sustained notes and silence”as essential listening for all aspiring jazzers...
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Music

Featured recording “Lovin' Feeling”

Lovin' Feeling


2008
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    Feeling Blue

    Fantasy Jazz
    2004
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    Upchurch/Tennyson

    Acta
    2003
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    Love Is Strange

    Acta
    1995
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    Name Of The Game

    Acta
    1992
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    Whatever Happened To The Blues

    Acta
    1992
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    All I Want

    Acta
    1991
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    Companions

    Acta
    1985
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