Phil Scarff Phil Scarff

Saxophonist and composer Phil Scarff performs Indian classical music and jazz, and leads the acclaimed world-jazz ensembles, Natraj and the Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group. World-jazz appearances include India's JazzYatra and Prayojana International Music Festival; PANAFEST, Ghana's major international festival; the Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada; the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. Indian classical performances include India's famed Tansen Samaroh (Gwalior); Nehru Center, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. and Dadar-Matunga Cultural Centre (Mumbai); Saptak School of Music (Ahmedabad); Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (Kolkata); ICCR Theater and India Habitat Centre (Delhi); and JKK (Jaipur). Phil is featured on 40 internationally acclaimed CDs/DVDs, including seven as leader.

Phil has shared the spotlight with icons of Indian classical music including saxophone great Kadri Gopalnath, percussion masters Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and Trichy Sankaran, Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N. Ravikiran, and bamboo flute maestros Ronu Majumdar and Shashank; as well as African master drummers Godwin Agbeli and Abubakari Lunna. Phil performs and records with creative jazz ensembles including Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Composers Alliance, Filmprov, and OddSong, and Sandy Prager.

Phil has presented workshops and lectures on jazz and world music at institutions such as the New England Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music, Univ. of North Texas, Univ. of OK, Tufts Univ., Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts at Kalakshetra Foundation (Chennai, India), Lawrence Univ., Bowdoin College, Dartmouth College, the Guelph Jazz Festival, the University of Rhode Island, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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”Indian classical music on the saxophone! Phil Scarff... played different ragas with finesse... enthralled the audience... subtle and appealing.” - Times of India

“Phil Scarff… delirious tenor sax solo… heady solos by… Scarff on soprano.” - All About Jazz

“The highlight of the festival was… a performance by Saskia Rao de Haas on Indian cello with US based saxophonist Phil Scarff… The audience was thrilled… Their performance garnered an unending stream of applause.” - Dainik Bhaskar, Gwalior, India

“Saxophonist Scarff impresses in his Hindustani performance… played… with brilliance.” - Afternoon Despatch & Courier, Mumbai, India

“Phil Scarff… produces a soprano [saxophone] introduction which is so consummate it is difficult to get passed the track.” - What's New Jazz Magazine

“Highlighted by Phil Scarff's scorching tenor [saxophone] solo..

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