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Phil DeGreg began playing the piano in his childhood and now performs as a jazz pianist internationally. His earliest jazz influences were Bud Powell and Bill Evans, but he is accomplished and comfortable in a wide range of jazz styles, ranging from mainstream to bebop to Brazilian jazz. His versatility has led to professional performances with dozens of internationally recognized jazz artists, as well as leading and recording with his own groups. Phil DeGreg has released nine recordings as a leader and has been recorded as a sideman on many other jazz projects. He is also featured with J.J. Johnson on the video "J.J. Johnson Live in Concert." His most recent recorded project is a piano trio recording “Down the Middle” featuring drummer Joe LaBarbera and bassist Tom Warrington.

A native of Cincinnati, Phil completed a degree in psychology from Yale University before becoming a professional musician. After three years working and studying music in Kansas City, he finished a masters degree at University of North Texas, and subsequently toured the world for a year with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd. Later he was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants. He was named one of the 10 finalists in Jazziz Magazine's 1995 "Keyboardists on Fire" competition,  and was a 1996 finalist in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. For the last 16 years, he has served as the house pianist at Cincinnati's famous Blue Wisp Jazz Club, accompanying visiting artists on weekends. His jazz festival appearances include the North Sea, Pori, Monterey, Montreux, Brecon, Wigan, and Elkhart Jazz Festivals. Phil has performed in clubs and concerts throughout the United States, and in the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Brazil. 

Phil considers music to be a gift and is dedicated to sharing his love of jazz through teaching. He is currently Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where he teaches jazz theory, arranging, piano, and ensembles. He has taught for the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops (since 1982), the UK Jazzwise Jazz Camps (since 1996) and has served on the faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Miami Valley Summer Jazz Workshops, and the Jim Widner Jazz Camps. He has appeared as a visiting artist/clinician at colleges and high schools throughout the U.S., Europe, Central and South America. Phil has presented lecture/demonstrations to the International Association of Jazz Educators, the National Group Piano Teachers Association, the Ohio Music Educator's Association, the Ohio Music Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association, and has published articles for Jazz Player Magazine. In 1995 he published "Jazz Keyboard Harmony," a chord voicing method written for non-pianists and beginning jazz pianists, which is now used at universities in the U.S. and Europe. More info on the book here!

Phil was recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to lecture about jazz in Brazil, which he will do for three months in the spring of 2008.

Jazz artists who have performed with Phil!

Greg Abate
Woody Herman
Rufus Reid

Jamey Aebersold
Conrad Herwig
Kim Richmond

Eric Alexander
Gary Hobbs
Barry Ries

Rusty Bryant
Dave Liebman
Ed Soph

Gary Campbell
Joe Lovano
Martin Speake

Gary Carney
Paul McKee
Byron Stripling

Everett Greene
Rich Perry
Jack Wilkins
Scott Hamilton

Bob Belden
Javon Jackson
Tim Ries

Roni Ben-Hur
Carter Jefferson
Claudio Roditi

Chuck Berry
Clay Jenkins
Jim Rotundi

Dave Cliff
Don Menza
Ira Sullivan

Jerry Coker
Ron McCroby
Frank Tiberi

Richie Cole
Billy Mitchell
Stanley Turrentine

Bill Perkins
Jim Widner Big Band

Slide Hampton

Gene Bertoncini
J.J. Johnson
Harvie S

Blue Wisp Big Band
Randy Johnston
Maria Schneider

David Baker
Sheila Jordan
Lynn Seaton

Cal Collins
Bill Mobley
Warren Vaché

Junior Cook
James Moody
Ray Vega

John Fedchock
Mark Murphy
John Von Ohlen

Dave Pietro
Eddie Harris
Boots Randolph
Ralph Peterson

Don Braden
Ken Karsh
Bobby Shew

Joshua Breakstone
Paul Keller
Zoot Simms

Nick Brignola
John LaBarbera
Jim Snidero

Carl Fontana
Sal Nistico
Jim Walker

Maurizio Giammarco
Jimmy Owens
Bobby Watson

Dizzy Gillespie
Ken Peplowski
Jiggs Whigham

Brad Goode
Billy Hart
Nelson Rangel

Phil DeGreg CD's

Down the Middle

“On this beautifully balanced mixture of the jazz, Brazilian/Latin language, each tune has a concept and personality of it's own. Phil's playing is simply magnificent, and his swinging, refreshing lines and harmonies are a joy throughout.”

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Con Alma    (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) Con Alma pdf
Pick Yourself Up   
(pdf Rhythm Arrangement) Pick Your Self Up pdf
BLues on the Spot    (pdf sheet music) Blues on the Spot
(pdf sheet music) Urgency pdf
Bonita    (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) Bontia pdf
Down the Middle   
(pdf sheet music) Down the Middle pdf
The Inside Track   
(pdf sheet music)  The Inside Track pdf
   (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) Palindrome pdf
I Concentrate on You
   (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) I Concentrate on You pdf
   (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) Wail pdf
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Trio con Brio

“The artistry is nothing short of spectacular...Phil DeGreg, Dan Faehnle, and Paul Keller are consummate musicians. This trio truly radiates talent that is instantly audible from the moment the CD begins to play! This is a must add to your collection. I have no doubt that you will enjoy it immensely as did I.”

Trio Con Brio CoverTaking A Chance on Love
Lover Man
Exactly Like You
Button Up Your Overcoat
You Stepped Out of a Dream
My Shining Hour

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"Brasilia" is a wonderful Brazilian flavored jazz recording. DeGreg traveled last year to Brazil to cut a record with four artists who are well-known in their own country: Moisés Alves, André Vasconcellos, Erivelton Silva and Leander Motta. This combination of musicians produced a chemistry and music that is absolutely delightful!

Brigas Nunca Mais   (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) Brigas Nunca Mais pdf
     (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) Bebe pdf

Caminhos Cruzados 
 (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) Caminhos Cruzados pdf
  (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) Triste pdf
Julia's Swing    (pdf sheet music)  Julia's Swing pdf
Estamos Aí 
  (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) Estamos Ai pdf
Retrato em Branco e Preto 

Speak Low 

All Blues
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"Hymnprovisation" is a recording featuring Jazz renditions of hymns and praise songs. Phil  demonstrates on this CD his arranging mastery, jazz voicings, and technique as he provides a variety of twists and surprises to church hymns and worship songs!

“This album is very personal and consists of jazz arrangements of hymns and praise songs. I am a Christian believer and the tune selections are ones that have brought me closer to God over the years.”  —  Phil DeGreg

My Father's World  (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) My Fathers World pdf
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
   (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) What a Friend We Have in Jesus pdf
Holy, Holy, Holy
  (pdf Rhythm Arrangement) Holy, Holy, Holy pdf
Spirit Song 



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