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 the Jazz Music Editor of Digital Programming, Phillips currently curates more than 60 on-demand streaming jazz playlists for iHeartRadio—most of which are refreshed with new content on a regular basis—as well as working with record companies, artist managers, and recording artists to facilitate artist-curated playlists. Additionally, he has 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 produced 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 regularly performs live in the Bay Area in configurations ranging from duo to quintet. Past performances have included such esteemed venues and events as Yoshi’s and the Sound Room in Oakland, the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, the Empress Theater in Vallejo, and the 50th anniversary celebration of the Concord Jazz Festival.
As an educator, Phillips has taught courses at University of the Pacific and Los Medanos College. He 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 has served on the Recording Academy’s (GRAMMYs®) national Board of Trustees, San Francisco chapter board, and the GRAMMY® Foundation's Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Music Management/Business program advisory board at University of the Pacific.