Saxophonist Phil Stöckli has returned to Switzerland after having lived ten years in the United States. He has performed with Benny Golson, Phil Woods, Dusko Goykovich, Buddy deFranco, Matthieu Michel, Franco Ambrosetti, Roman Schwaller, Nico Assumpção, Brad Leali, Don Friedman, Little Joe Cook und The Dells.
Stöckli was born in Basel, Switzerland on May 16, 1973, and started playing the saxophone at age thirteen. He showed an early interest in improvisation and commenced his jazz studies at the age of sixteen at the Jazz School Zürich, before attending the Swiss Jazz School in Bern. At the age of twenty, Phil moved to Boston and enrolled at Berklee College of Music. His teachers included Joe Viola, George Garzone und Andy McGhee among others. Besides school, he studied privately with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi for about three years. While working with different local Boston bands - styles range from R&B, Blues, Top40, Jazz, Funk or Reggae - he also founded the Phil Stöckli sextet, and had his first professional performances 1995 in Switzerland.