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Friday, December 13, 2019

BRIGHAM PHILLIPS, internationally esteemed leader of the star-studded Brigham Phillips Big Band, has been on the Toronto music scene for 30 years as a player (piano and trumpet), bandleader, teacher, producer, composer, and arranger, performing jazz, pop, Dixieland, theatre, and orchestral music. His CD “And It Really Was” featuring Canadian jazz greats Guido Basso and Mike Murley was nominated for a Juno Award in 2002 and won Phillips the National Jazz Award for Producer of the Year.

In the summer of 2008, Phillips went to Moscow twice to record the Moscow Festival Orchestra performing his arrangements of Celtic classics and songs from the American Songbook.  He was musical director for renowned tenor John McDermott for 15 years and musical director for Hall of Fame vocal legend David Clayton-Thomas (of Blood, Sweat and Tears fame) for four years.  For much of 2013-15, he toured with The (Canadian) Tenors playing keyboards, accordion, and trumpet as well as performing with The Official Blues Brothers Revue and serving as musical director with Drayton Entertainment.  He completed his Music Masters Degree (in Composition) in 2018.

Tonight’s performance of the all-star BRIGHAM PHILLIPS TRIO features BRIGHAM PHILLIPS on piano), TED QUINLAN (guitar), and SCOTT ALEXANDER (bass), entertaining in the up-close-and-personal intimacy of the Home Smith Bar.