One of New Zealand’s leading jazz artists and a well-known pianist, composer and broadcaster, Phil has presented Art Of Jazz on Radio New Zealand Concert since 1991. "It's the only nationwide programme where you can hear the latest jazz releases from around the world, as well as specially-themed shows, and I love the opportunity to bring this music to New Zealand listeners" he says.
Currently senior lecturer in jazz piano at the New Zealand School of Music, at Massey University, Albany, he is a three-times winner of the Jazz Record Of The Year award, and became the first jazz musician to be awarded the MNZM for services to jazz in 2001.
Phil played regularly at Auckland's premiere jazz venue, the London Bar for many years, and his numerous credits include collaborations with many jazz greats visiting New Zealand, including Johnny Griffin, Ronnie Scott, and Scott Hamilton.
Phil has performed and taught regularly at the Magnetic Island Jazz Festival, Queensland. Phil has also performed in Paris and reunited with his UK band of the '70s, Narcissus for several gigs in London.
He has completed a Master's degree in the life and music of French jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani and in 2011 released an album of arrangements and originals based on his music. Delayed Reaction was a finalist in the 2012 Jazz Tui Awards.