Ann Phillips - Singer, Composer and Producer

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.

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What's New with Anne

Wedneday, March 15th, 8PM

Free concert!
Chelsea Opera & Kindred Spirits presentGiving Back With Music
The Omega Trio
Michael Emery, violin Jameson Platte, cello Matthew Quayle, piano
Christ and St. Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St, New York, NY 10023
(between Broadway and Columbus Ave)

The three musicians of the Omega Trio will present a compelling program of diverse styles and instrumentations: solos, duos, and trios in various combinations. Two reflective pieces by the ensemble’s pianist, Matthew Quayle, are matched with the virtuosic Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia, the passionate Cello Sonata of Rachmaninoff, and the jazzy, exhilarating Café Music by Paul Schoenfield.

Handel/Halvorsen: Passacaglia
Matthew Quayle: By a Gray Sea 
Paul Schoenfield: Café Music
Matthew Quayle: Winter Ballad
Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19For more information:
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Chelsea Opera presents:

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


Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 7pm
The Gospel Inside Peanuts
Featuring The Jim Martinez Quartet
Includes “Cast Your Fate To The Wind” By Vince Guaraldi, songs from Charlie Brown TV Specials, plus more!
Jim Martinez – piano
Tod Peterson – Vocals
Jamie Brown  – Violin
Gene Bertoncini – Guitar
Karl Kaminski – Bass
Cedric Easton – Drums
Estonian House, 243 E 34th Street, New York City
$15 Suggested Donation
Reservations recommended,  630-414-8619

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