A consummate musician and without
a doubt one of the finest performers on the Monterey Peninsula,
Bob Phillips specializes in all styles of music ranging from swing
and pop to classical and jazz, all performed with a mix of integrity
Bob began his love affair with the piano at the age of 7, and has
been playing professionally since he was 17 years old.
Over the course of a career that has spanned almost 5 decades, Bob
has gigged at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The
Waldorf Astoria, Birdland, and The Village Vanguard. He spent a
year on Broadway and also ran his own New York studio, hosting rehearsals
and auditions, writing special material, and making recordings.
He's traveled to the Far East with the USO as a pianist and conductor.
He also spent time under the employ of The Walt Disney Company,
where he collaborated with acts such as Patti Page, Tex Beneke,
Mel Torme and the 4 Freshmen.
In 1973, Bob moved to Carmel, California where he has been an active
part of the local music scene ever since.
Named "Musician of the Year" by the Monterey Dixieland Festival,
and awarded permanent artist in residence, Bob formed the "Sweet
Thursday Jazz Band" in honor of local John Steinbeck's 100th birthday
Over the years, Bob has produced shows and/or played with such artists
as Ali Ryerson, Charles Loos, Al Cohn, Stan Getz, Richie Cole and
Well known for his exceptional technique and versatility, Bob has
performed 5 times at the Monterey Jazz Festival and is currently
in demand all over Central and Northern California.