Damani Phillips Quartet to perform music from the jazz tradition at Coe College

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2018-03-12 07:00:00 - General

Damani Phillips
Damani Phillips

The Damani Phillips Quartet will present a program of original compositions and atypical songs from the jazz tradition at Coe College in an upcoming concert. An acclaimed saxophonist, Phillips will be joined by Coe Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley on piano, Steve Carlson on bass and Fabio Augustinas on percussion. The performance will be held on Saturday, March 24, beginning at 2 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall. It is open to the public at no charge.

Phillips serves as associate professor of jazz studies and African American studies at the University of Iowa, where he teaches applied jazz saxophone, directs jazz combos and teaches courses in African American music, African American Culture, jazz education and improvisation. An active performer, pedagogue and composer, Phillips has taught and performed throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is actively sought as a guest artist, clinician, lecturer, panelist and adjudicator throughout the country.

As a recording artist, Phillips released his debut CD "Yaktown Nights" in 2003, "The String Theory" in November of 2010 and "The Reckoning" in 2012. His latest recording project "Duality" (2015) is a double album featuring a unique synergy between straight-ahead jazz and hip hop music. As a performer, Phillips has shared the stage with artists/groups such as Lewis Nash, Christian McBride, Terrence Blanchard, Wycliffe Gordon, Bobby McFerrin, Marcus Belgrave, Terrell Stafford, Maceo Parker, Pat Bianchi, Ira Sullivan, The Temptations, Red Holloway, Greg Gisbert and many others.

An active academic scholar, Philllips has given numerous research presentations at colleges, universities and scholarly forums both domestically and abroad. His research focuses specifically on addressing cultural concerns in the pedagogy of Black music within academia. Phillips recently published his first book entitled "What is This Thing Called Soul: Conversations on Jazz and Black Culture," which delves into the difficult topic of the decline of Black cultural influence/representation in jazz music as traditionally taught in academic spheres.

Phillips earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from DePaul University and The University of Kentucky in classical saxophone, as well as a second Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Wayne State University. He completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009, becoming one of the first African Americans in the country to do so.

For more information, call 319-399-8521.