Nick Phillips/Ariane Cap Group


Nick Phillips' warm-toned, soulful trumpet playing and Ariane Cap's relentlessly grooving, pyrotechnic bass playing create a mesmerizing musical mosaic. Whether reinventing an Antonio Carlos Jobim bossa nova classic, putting a fresh new spin on a familiar standard, or bringing an inventive new original composition to life, the Nick Phillips/Ariane Cap Group delivers a compelling musical mix that strikes the perfect balance between restless creativity and listener accessibility.

Perhaps best-known as a jazz record producer, with credits on countless internationally distributed releases including more than a dozen GRAMMY-nominated projects, Nick Phillips' heartfelt, lyrical jazz trumpet playing was put in the national spotlight with release of his own debut album, Moment to Moment (co-led with pianist, Cava Menzies). The album, which cracked up the top 20 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and was named one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2014 by DownBeat magazine, drew enthusiastic comparisons to the work of jazz trumpeters Miles Davis and Chet Baker. He soon followed with another Billboard-charting album, Haiku (co-led with vocalist/pianist, Jenny Maybee). A collaborator by nature, Phillips is excited to now be co-leading an ensemble with his longtime friend, bassist Ariane Cap.

Bassist Ariane Cap has played in countless bands and projects in Europe and the U.S. She recently recorded with multi GRAMMY Award-winning producer Keith Olsen for his project Rocha-Unum. In addition to the Nick Phillips/Ariane Cap Group, Ariane also co-leads OoN—a project with bassoonist Paul Hanson. A respected educator, blogger, and author, she also the publisher and author of the best-selling book, Music Theory for the Bass Player.

What they say…

“Nick Phillips’ name is on hundreds of major recordings, but not as a player. He’s produced a slew of artists, and crucial jazz reissues, for such labels as Concord, but his track record at this job should not overshadow his pristine, and moving, trumpet sound…Phillips nods to his predecessor’s (Chet Baker's) fragility but also imparts a feeling of strength that comes through a sense of restraint. ★★★★ ”


“I have been enjoying hearing Ariane Cap play for a few years now. Her monstrous groove grabbed my attention the first time I heard her.”

—Victor Wooten (GRAMMY Award-winning bassist)

Live Performance Videos

Nick’s trumpet solo on “Cantaloupe Island” (Herbie Hancock)

Ariane’s bass solo intro to "I Will Survive/Autumn Leaves"

"Question and Answer" (Pat Metheny)

"Winelight" (Grover Washington, Jr. cover)

Duet performance of "Stella by Starlight"