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Phil Scarff

Saxophonist and composer Phil Scarff performs Indian classical music and jazz, and leads the acclaimed world-jazz ensemble, Natraj. Appearances include India's JazzYatra and Prayojana International Music Festival; PANAFEST, Ghana's major international festival (West Africa); the Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada; the Boston Globe Jazz Festival; the Lake George Jazz Weekend; and the legendary Gayan Samaj Deval Club in Kolhapur, India. Phil is featured on 24 internationally acclaimed CDs, including four as leader of Natraj.

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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 develops a raga beautifully on the saxophone... The effect was that of a bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) or shehnai (Indian double-reed instrument).” - Saptahik Sakal, Pune, India

“Highlighted by Phil Scarff's scorching tenor [saxophone] solo...” - All About Jazz

“Indeed close listening is mandatory to hear where Scarff... merges the raga with straight-ahead saxophonic lines to delightedly leap from bop logic out into a musical realm which resembles those introduced by Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, et al.” - Cadence

“Phil Scarff's Indian classical performance on soprano saxophone amazed the audience..

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