Contemporary jazz saxophonist Mike Phillips combines smooth, romantic riffs with a funky, hip-hop-influenced sound. Initially emerging as a sideman for Jill Scott in the 2000s, Phillips has played with a bevy of name artists, including Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Bootsy Collins. He has also distinguished himself with his own albums, including 2005's Uncommon Denominator and 2020's Pulling Off the Covers. A native of Mount Vernon, New York, Phillips became interested in music at a young age and played several instruments before honing in on the saxophone as his main instrument. He began learning the jazz tradition, inspired by a mix of classic and more contemporary artists, including John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Grover Washington, Jr., George Howard, and Art Porter. By the time he was 16, Phillips was already dedicated to pursuing a ...
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