- Jazz Musician
About Phil Denny
Since emerging onto the smooth jazz scene in 2012 much traction has been made by the efforts of saxophonist and businessman, Phil Denny. Some might describe him as a people’s musician having developed a very active and loyal fan base even before the release of his internationally recognized 2012 debut, Crossover; an album which has already earned him two Billboard charted hits. A buzz has been rippling from coast to coast as either his music or marketing prowess reaches those who follow smooth jazz almost always earning him a new fan. Described as a passionate and soulful player who has a way of captivating audiences with his smooth, sexy yet energetic style. In fact, Phil has sold out every show he has produced since the summer of 2012 and continues to build quite the international following. After spending more than half a decade as vice president for a mortgage broker firm, Phil decided it was time to concentrate his efforts on his passion for music, a decision that has already led to some incredible opportunities. Although no stranger to the stage, he was eager to take his music to a new level and do so independently while relying on his business experience and trusted industry friends to guide him. Crossover, Phil’s debut release was described by Critical Jazz as an album that works on every imaginable level from sophisticated cover art to a non pretentious approach to where contemporary music should be heading. The acceptance of the album was immediate and “Push,” the vibrant first single to radio debuted at #29 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz National Airplay chart. Currently at radio is the up-tempo “Traffic Jam” which debuted #30 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz National Airplay chart and has since risen to #25 during its thirteen week presence on the chart and can now be heard nationally on Sirius XM Watercolors. Now, with a unique and identifiable style and personality of his own, Phil has cultivated a loyal and diverse fan base while building an impressive resume. Performance highlights to date include an appearance at the 2012 Dubai International Jazz Festival, the 2013 Arizona Jazz Festival, a sold out debut performance at Spaghettini Grill & Jazz club, performing as sideman to guitarists Peter White and Tim Bowman, opening for RnR, playing alongside Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Lalah Hathaway and jamming with Stevie Wonder. Knowing how to play within himself and simply let the music lead the way is how this rising-star sax player approaches his music. He is but the vehicle. The next time you?re looking to wander a new journey, dial in Phil Denny.