About Anne Phillips
I think I came out of the womb singing and playing piano. My father was a yarn salesman and my mother a housewife. Much to their wonderment, I could play almost anything I heard on the radio. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if she turned out to be somebody who could play by ear. She'd have so much fun at parties!" said my mother. I wasn't from a NY show biz family. I was from suburban Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.
I didn't really hear any jazz until I was a senior in high school when by a serendipitous meeting I was asked to join a very hip vocal group of grown-up jazz musicians. I knew where I belonged!
I went on to Oberlin where of course I joined the newly formed Jazz Club and we put on the first "Brubeck at Oberlin" concert. I was the "other act" singing with a grad student trio and the big band.
When I was 19, I came to New York. Because I played piano and sang and almost every restaurant and bar had a piano in it I worked six nights a week … six hours a night. Some great gigs: (opposite Bobby Short at the Beverly Hotel, Number One Fifth Avenue,) and a good many dives. But it was a great time to arrive in New York. There were demos for songwriters, TV shows, record dates, concerts, jingles, work for singers!
But you can read more about that in my bio.
What's New with Anne
St. Valentine’s Jazz Vespers
Estonian House, 243 E. 34th St.
Saturday, February 11 | 6:00 PM
“Love Lifted Me”
Classic Songs of Romance and Faith Inspired by the ‘Saint’ who birthed the Holiday
Come and enjoy great music, dance and drama under the musical direction of Anne Phillips (creator of the renowned Jazz Nativity) and featuring the “Holy Smokin’ Jazz Band” and Voices.
And share a taste of chocolate from Eden—where ‘Amour’ began!
Contact Jamie Brown at 630-414-8619 for more information.
Special Guest Kelly Wright!
Emmy-winning news anchor and program host, gospel recording artist, and author of “America’s Hope.”
Presented by: Resurrection Church NYC
Chelsea Opera presents:
THAT “CERTAIN AGE”
An evening of short operas by Anne Phillips
March 23-24, 2017
Christ & St. Stephen’s Church
120 W 69th St (Btwn Broadway & Columbus)
New York, NY