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Nick Phillips - Biography

As a record producer and A&R executive, Nick Phillips has worked on hundreds 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 a music playlist curator, Phillips currently curates more than 30 on-demand streaming jazz playlists for iHeartRadio, most of which are refreshed with new content on a regular basis.  He has also curated jazz playlists for record companies, including Craft Recordings/Concord Music (Prestige, Riverside, Pablo, Savoy) and Mack Avenue Records.

As a critically-acclaimed jazz recording artist in his own right, Phillips also directed and managed all phases of his own Billboard-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). He currently co-leads a group with bassist, music blogger, and best-selling author (Music Theory for the Bass Player), Ariane Cap.

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.