Phil is one of New Zealand’s leading jazz artists.
Pianist, composer and educator, he became the first jazz musician to be awarded the MNZM for services to jazz in 2001. He is currently Head of Jazz Studies at the New Zealand School of Music, Massey University, Albany, Auckland.
In 2015 Phil released Panacea, the third album of his “Dedication” trilogy on Rattle Records, featuring new compositions for his quintet. This follows 2013’s Flaubert’s Dance and 2011’s album Delayed Reaction, dedicated to French pianist Michel Petrucciani, the subject of his Masters thesis. Both albums were finalists in the Tui Jazz Album of the Year Awards.