By Harold Perdomo

Jonny Phillips – Biog

Jonny is an award winning guitarist, composer, arranger and educator. He received the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation as a founder member of the F-ire Collective and the Jerwood Jazz Generation Award for his band Oriole. His natural ability to compose once prompted The Guardian to write, “Jonny Phillips seems to have music coming out of his ears”.

He has performed and recorded with the likes of The Mad Professor, Polar Bear, Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals) Giorgio Serci and his own critically acclaimed group Oriole.

Born into a musical family Jonny was encouraged to play violin and piano from the age of five. In his mid teens he realized his desire to play the guitar, travel and compose. His musical journey so far has taken him throughout Europe, South America, North Africa, Scandinavia and Cyprus. His broad influences range from Brazilian Samba to Art Rock soaking up elements of African Jazz, Flamenco, British folk and Classical music along the way and combining them into a unified contemporary sound.

After setting up his own group Oriole In the mid 90’s featuring the likes of Ben Davis, Seb Rochford, Ingrid Laubrock, Nick Ramm and Teco Cardoso he was asked to become a founder member of the F-ire Collective. He has since released all of Orioles’ music on F-ire Recorded Music.   Another notable Oriole guest has been singer Julia Biel with whom he co-composed most of her first critically acclaimed album “Not Alone”.

All three of Oriole’s releases (Song for the Sleeping – 2005, Migration – 2006 and Every New Day – 2012) have been featured extensively on British national and regional radio and in the press.  The groundbreaking double bill tours that followed the first two albums received funding from the Arts Council, PRSF and the Jerwood Jazz Generation Artist award for a collaboration with Sao Paulo based virtuoso saxophonist Teco Cardoso and ex Miles Davis sideman Thomas Clausen. Their music has also been featured on four compilation albums and on BBC, Spanish, Portuguese and Cypriot television.

Jonny has recently toured the UK with Mercury Award nominees Basquiat Strings and tours every summer throughout Portugal with Lisbon based outfit Amber Lights.

He will be performing with virtuoso guitarist Giorgio Serci in March around Scotland.

At present Jonny is based in London.


“Our favourite jazz and world guitarist” London timeout

“Prolific guitarist-composer Jonny Phillips seems to have tunes coming out of his ears” The Guardian

“a musical mosaic that feels as spiritualy uplifting as a Paulo Coelho novel” Tom Barlow – Jazzwise ****

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