“Summing up the results (of ‘The Reckoning’), Phillips says he came to the realization that he needed to trust his instincts, embrace change, and follow his heart. The rewards, as this stellar effort shows, can be well worth the risks.” Victor Verney, All About Jazz.com
Dr. Damani Philips is a native of Pontiac, MI, where he began playing at the age of 10. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music (Jazz Studies) at Grinnell College, where
he directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches courses in jazz composition/arranging, jazz history, improvisation, musicianship and aural skills. He has earned Bachelor and
Master of Music degrees from DePaul University and The University of Kentucky in classical saxophone; and a second Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Wayne State University. In 2009, Phillips completed the Doctor of Musical
Arts degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder; becoming one of the first African-Americans in the country to earn this degree.
An active performer, pedagogue and composer, Phillips has taught and performed throughout the United States, England and Japan. He has performed with artists/groups such as Christian McBride, Terrence Blanchard, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Belgrave, Pat Bianchi, Terrell Stafford, Maceo Parker, Ira Sullivan, The Temptations, Red Holloway,
Greg Gisbert, the Lexington (KY) Philharmonic, the Pontiac-Oakland Symphony, the touring Dave Matthews cover band “Crush”, and many others.