Welcome to Zen & Tonic Music Consulting. 

Founded by Nick Phillips—a GRAMMY®-recognized record producer, a music industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and an independent recording artist who managed all aspects of his own Billboard-charting and critically-acclaimed album releases—our company provides expert music curation, production, and consulting services to music companies and creative individuals for every phase of a project, from concept development to commercial release.

Services Include:



  • Playlist Curation for Record Labels and Music Streaming Services
  • Particular Expertise in Jazz


  • Album Artwork and Packaging Concept & Development
  • Manufacturing Coordination
  • Distribution Set-up
  • Business Affairs and Administration
  • Marketing and Release Strategy
  • Music Business Consulting

Clients Include:

...and others.

About Nick Phillips

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As a record producer and A&R executive, Nick Phillips has worked on more than 500 album releases—from new recording projects featuring jazz icons Kenny Barron, Bob Berg, Randy Brecker, Jon Hendricks, Marian McPartland, Chris Potter, Poncho Sanchez, and Kenny Werner, to collections and reissues spotlighting the timeless recordings of music legends Tony Bennett, Booker T. & the MG's, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Little Richard, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Albert King, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, The Staple Singers, Sarah Vaughan, and countless others. Several Phillips-produced projects have garnered GRAMMY® nominations, including albums by preeminent jazz vocal artists Karrin Allyson and Nnenna Freelon.

As an independent recording artist, Phillips also directed and managed all phases of his own nationally-charting, self-released recording projects—Moment to Moment (with Cava Menzies, 2014) and Haiku (with Jenny Maybee, 2016). Both recordings received accolades for their pristine sonics, while Phillips' lyrical, warm-toned trumpet playing drew laudatory comparisons to the work of jazz trumpet legends Miles Davis ("The Ballads Album Miles Davis Never Recorded"—East Bay Express) and Chet Baker (“…Phillips channels his inner Chet Baker...Haiku is in the same league."—Classicalite). 

As an educator, Phillips has taught courses at University of the Pacific and Los Medanos College, and has been featured as a jazz/recording industry panelist and clinician at numerous workshops and conferences around the country, including Jazz Education Network, Jazz Connect, International Association for Jazz Education, Jazz Composers' Symposium at University of South Florida, JazzTimes, Grammy Career Day, Grammy in the Schools, West Coast Songwriters, NEA Open World Project, University of the Pacific, and Loyola University. He was the subject of the “The Power of Listening” feature story that appeared in the premiere issue of JazzEd magazine (November 2006) and was profiled in the “Careers Off the Bandstand” article in DownBeat magazine (October 2014).

Phillips currently serves on The Recording Academy’s (GRAMMYs®) national Board of Trustees and San Francisco chapter board, as well as on the Music Management/Business program advisory board at University of the Pacific. He has also served on the GRAMMY® Foundation's Board of Directors.