Phil Dwyer Biography
Canadian musician Phil Dwyer (1965) has been, to quote former Globe & Mail journalist Mark Miller “startling jazz audiences with his unprecedented command of both tenor saxophone and piano…..extraordinarily authoritative playing” since his late teens. Phil grew up on Vancouver Island and gained his early professional musical experience (1985-87) on the west coast, and on tour with, the David Friesen Trio and Hugh Fraser Quintet. During that time he also did his first CBC Radio recording as well as commercial sessions at Little Mountain Sound, and Blue Wave studios. Before that he had spent time in New York studying and sessioning with some of the true giants of jazz.
Phil lived in Toronto from 1988 to 2004. During that time his distinctive saxophone sound was featured on hundreds of recording sessions including Juno Award-winning albums with Hugh Fraser, Dave Young, Guido Basso, Norman Foote, Molly Johnson, Joe Sealy, Don Thompson and the Phil Dwyer Orchestra. During that time he was a first-call sideman in the top concert halls and jazz clubs. He shared the stage with many great artists such as Red Rodney, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, Alain Caron, Don Thompson, Dave Young, Kenny Wheeler, Roberto Occhipinti, Guido Basso, Ingrid Jensen, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and the Temptations, among many others.
Phil has toured across Canada at least a dozen times, took part in a 1995 world tour with Gino Vannelli, and has appeared at the Mumbai Jazz Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, Blue Note Clubs (New York, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka), Bottom Line(NYC), Zinco (Mexico City), International Piano Stars Festival (Latvia) and almost everywhere in Western Europe.
In more recent years Phil has devoted much of his time to composing and arranging. He has been commissioned by CBC Radio Orchestra, Gryphon Trio, Art Of Time Ensemble and Mark Fewer. His arrangements have been heard on recordings by Sophie Milman, Molly Johnson, John McDermott, Quartetto Gelato, Michael Kaeshammer, Holly Cole and Patricia O’Callahan. His most recent recording, Changing Seasons, is an orchestral jazz masterwork. Changing Seasons received rave reviews and was the 2012 Juno Award winner for ‘best contemporary jazz recording’.
Phil has been back on the west coast since 2005. he has operated the Phil Dwyer Academy of Musical and Culinary Arts. He has also given master classes and clinics at McGill University (w/ British pianist John Taylor), Capilano University (Vancouver), Rhythmic Conservatory (Copenhagen), Royal Academy (Aarhus, Denmark), Edmonton Jazz Society, and for three years as visiting faculty at the prestigious Banff Centre.
Read more about Phil at www.phildwyer.com.
|Phil Dwyer||Changing Seasons||2012 Juno Winner|
|Sax Summit (plus others)|
|Road Stories||1997 Juno Nominee|
|One Take Vol. 2 (w/ Terri Lyne Carringon)||2005 Juno Nominee|
|One Take Vol. 4 (w/ Joey Defrancesco)|
|Let Me Tell You About My Day||2005 Juno Nominee|
|Fables and Dreams (w/Dave Young)||1993 Juno Winner|
|We Three (w/ Dave Young)|
|Terry Clarke||It’s About Time||2010 Juno Winner|
|Don Thompson||Ask Me Later||2006 Juno Winner|
|For Kenny Wheeler||2009 Juno Nominee|
|Forgotten Memories (w/ Dave Holland, and|
|Joe Sealy||Africville Suite||Juno Winner|
|Blue Jade||Juno Nominee|
|Molly Johnson||Lucky||2009 Juno Winner|
|Guido Basso||Lost In The Stars||2004 Juno Winner|
|Carol Welsman||Inclined||Juno Nominee|
|Lucky To Be Me|
|Swing Ladies Swing|
|Hugh Fraser Quintet||Looking Up||1988 Juno Winner|
|Pas de Problemes||Juno Nominee|
|Ian McDougall||No Passport Required||Juno Nominee|
|Ted Quinlan||As If||Juno Nominee|
|Sophie Milman||Sophie Milman||Juno Nominee|
|Manteca||Later Is Now||Juno Nominee|
|Roberto Occhipinti||Yemaya (w/ Dafnis Prieto)||Juno Nominee|
|Trinacria (w/ Horacio Hernandez)|
|Laila Biali||Live In Concert|
|From Sea To Sky|
|Melinda Whitaker||Lucky So And So|
|Doug Riley||Con Alma|
|Finkleman’s 45s Vol 1|
|Finkleman’s 45s Vol 2|