Born in London but raised in the wilds of Lincolnshire in England, Phil started learning classical piano at the less-than-tender age of 12, and developed a passion for boogie-woogie shortly afterwards. Following a disastrous spell at film school, his jazz epiphany occurred in his early twenties, after seeing a documentary on saxophonist John Coltrane. Initially inspired by such pianists as Wynton Kelly and Bobby Timmons, he began to teach himself the style through trial and (mostly) error. Within a few years, he was playing alongside British luminaries like Bobby Wellins, Tina May and Jim Mullen, and was twice a finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year. Phil uprooted himself in 2000 to continue his career in Ireland, one of the few sensible things he has done in his life. Apart from working in groups led by major Irish jazz musicians, he has found himself in such musically diverse situations as the Brazilian-informed Tudo Bem, Zrazy, the Night In Havana Orchestra, and has acted as accompanist and musical director for vocalists Honor Heffernan, Cormac Kenevey, and Maria Tecce. In addition to gigging, making radio and television appearances, producing, and playing on numerous albums, he also teaches extensively. Along with Ronan and Conor Guilfoyle, he is a coordinator for Newpark Music Centre’s prestigious BA in Jazz Performance, a degree course that has the honour of being the first of its kind in Ireland.