Dan Phillips is an American guitarist, composer educator and band leader who has worked professionally in New York, Chicago, Bangkok and Tokyo. His Chicago based Trio has released three original recordings “Journey in Mind”, “Moment of Clarity” and “Destination Unknown”. His Bangkok Quartet has two releases “Bangkok Edge” and “Bangkok Edge Live” he also produced an educational/ concert DVD “Jazz Guitar Basics and Beyond”. He is also the leader of the “Chicago Edge Ensemble” which just released its first album “Decaying Orbit” featuring Chicago greats Hamid Drake, Jeb Bishop and Mars Williams. He has appeared at the Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada, Copenhagen Jazz Festival in Denmark, Ashikaga City Jazz Festival in Japan,Pattaya Music Festival, Bangkok Jazz Festival, Chiang Mai Jazz Festival and Hua Hin Jazz Festivals in Thailand, and All Souls Jazz and Empty Bottle Jazz Festivals in Chicago. Dan has also presented Jazz workshops throughout Asia, Europe and The U. S. He is currently Lecturer of Guitar and Jazz Studies at Silapakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He completed his undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music where he was selected to represent the college at the Montreal Jazz Festival in his senior year in the “Berklee All Star” ensemble. He completed his graduate studies at Northwestern, University. Dan has performed with jazz musicians such as Gerald Wilson, Danilo Pérez, Judy Roberts, Hugo Rasmussen, Jeff Parker, John Stowell, Matt Darriau, JimBlack, Hamid Drake, Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Ben Street, Chris Speed, Pat Zimmerly, Mike Sarin and Ed Thigpen and many more.

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What critics have said about Dan Phillips’ recorded work:

“New York City Jazz Records Honorable Mention for album of the year 2017” Chicago Edge Ensemble
“Avant Music News’ Best of 2017” Chicago Edge Ensemble
“Tom Hulls’ Best of 2017” Chicago Edge Ensemble
“Avant Music News” Best of 2017 Dan Phillips Quartet “Converging Tributaries”.

““Chicago Edge Ensemble is an all-terrain vehicle, a quintet equally capable of negotiating the bumpity-smooth contours of swinging postbop, the banked hairpin turns of fusion-funk, the fog and ether of AACM-style intrigue and the tumultuous thicket that awaits if you gleefully careen off the road.”
Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit Jazz Times 2017”

“Rising above the nauseam of the traditionally bland attempts from others in the past, Phillips always seems, in all his work, to strive and succeed in keeping the sound fresh and expressive in feel and style.”

Review of "Bangkok Edge" Karl Strober Cadence Magazine July 2013

“Phillips is, without question, a skilled guitarist. His playing is fluid and understated, but he’s not above progressing through lengthy jams and pushing things to their limits. He solos deeply rather than broadly, tunneling in to find the consistency of the notes and probing their meaning with sleek flourishes and impactful holds.”

Review of "Bangkok Edge" Canadian Audiophile 2013


“Phillips provides lush and full chord voicings in just the right places, and solos effortlessly. His tone is clean and traditional while his improvised lines are much more in the free jazz genre in their direction. Dan Phillips is an interesting player who blends a modern and free approach with a more mainstream tone.”

Review of “Bangkok Edge” Vince Lewis Guitar International 2013

"When Phillips cuts loose he's as exciting a guitarist as there is, though he never abandons melody....He gets under the skin of the composer and inhabits a tune, reworking it in his own idiom. And as his originals here and on his previous albums as leader demonstrate, he creates pretty high standards of his own design."

Review of "Bangkok Edge", allaboutjazz.com, 2012

“one of the most original guitarists and composers currently on the jazz scene”.

Review of DVD “Jazz Guitar Basics and Beyond” allaboutjazz.com - 2010

“Dan Phillips new CD Destination Unknown is a brilliant recording of contemporary improvisation at it’s best. The album features nine original compositions that distinguish Phillips as an elite and highly imaginative composer……….Phillips has a very unique guitar style embracing the best qualities of today’s most prolific guitarists……yet retaining his own individualistic approach to composition and improvisation.”

Review of Dan Phillips Trio CD Destination Unknown, Jazz Improv Magazine 4/08

“The first impact Phillips makes is with his sense of swing and thick notes that fall from his guitar…….he opens the vista in a swell of notes that cut, roll and sweep ahead in a near torrent…..The textures weave and bob, taking flight on the wings of their imagination. Phillips….makes the experience interesting by taking a turn, breaking up a rhythm, and scattering the edifice. In the unknown lies welcome surprise.”

(review of Dan Phillips Trio “A Moment of Clarity” allaboutjazz.com 1/2005

“Phillips obviously has a clear concept for the music on this release. The entire CD is filled with twists and turns which help add to it's interest and appeal ….it also shows Phillips' inventiveness with simple melodic ideas.”

(review of Dan Phillips Trio “A Moment of Clarity”) Jazz Improv Magazine V5N2 12/2004

“….thoughtful and swinging……creates a lot of intriguing colors and not afraid to go out harmonically…It is wonderful to hear music of this high caliber coming from such limited materials. Doing so much with so little is a rarity, and it requires the kind of musical intelligence of a Dan Phillips.”

(review of Dan Phillips Trio “A Moment of Clarity”) Cadence Magazine 6/2004

"….he possesses one of the finest techniques I have personally observed; he has an extraordinary sense of time, meter, and phrasing; and he is an extremely lyrical improviser. As a composer, he is capable of expressing himself in uniquely personal musical styles.”

Antonio Garcia, Associate Professor, Director of Jazz Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004.

“…a world-class musician…..a level of playing not usually attainable by most musicians. In addition he has developed a unique style of playing along with his own distinctive sound.”

Dr. Gene Aitken, retired Director of University of Northern Colorado , IAJE Hall of Fame Member,
Currently Advisor to the Director, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, National University , Singapore , 2004.