Sonny Phillips

Sonny Phillips (born December 7, 1936) is an American jazz keyboardist. His primary instrument is electronic organ but he often plays piano.

Sonny Phillips
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Phillips in Paris, France, 1980.
Background information
Born (1936-12-07) December 7, 1936 (age 84)
Mobile, Alabama
United States
InstrumentsElectronic organ, piano


Phillips began playing jazz organ after hearing Jimmy Smith in his twenties. He studied under Ahmad Jamal, and played in the 1960s and 1970s with Lou Donaldson, Nicky Hill, Eddie Harris, Houston Person, and Gene Ammons. His debut album was released in 1969, and he released several further records as a leader before suffering a long illness in 1980. He went into semi-retirement after this and moved to Los Angeles; since then he has performed and taught occasionally.


As leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

With Gene Ammons

With Rusty Bryant

With Billy Butler

With Eddie Harris

With Willis Jackson

With Etta Jones

With Boogaloo Joe Jones

With Houston Person

With Bernard Purdie

  • Coolin' 'N Groovin' (A Night At "On-Air") (Lexington/West 47th, 1993)