About Anne Phillips
Ms. Phillips career has covered almost every area of the music business. In addition to recording several solo albums, from the classic Born To Be Blue, to her most recent release, Ballet Time on which she sings with such old friends as Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland, she has worked as a singer, choral arranger and conductor with many of the music world’s leading artists and is widely known in the industry as the writer/arranger/producer of many national commercials. Ms. Phillips Christmas show, a jazz opera, Bending Towards the Light – A Jazz Nativity, tells the traditional story though jazz and has featured such greats as Lionel Hampton, Dave Brubeck and Tito Puente. It is performed in New York and other cities annually.
To introduce today’s children to the Great American Songbook, Anne and her husband, tenor saxophonist Bob Kindred, have begun Children’s Jazz Choirs through their not-for-profit organization, Kindred Spirits. In keeping with her passion for keeping those songs alive she also leads SING! SING! SING! a Sing-in monthly at The Triad on 72nd Street in NYC.
In the classical area this year, her ten minute opera Tempo Fuori del Tempo was presented at Weill Recital Hall as a part of an evening of Opera Shorts, and her Easter Cantata, Sing, For The Lord Has Risen was presented in concert by the Remarkable Theater Brigade at Jan Hus Church. Her song cycle An Alaskan Trilogy, a setting of three poems by Alaskan poet, Phoebe Newman, was performed at the CUNY Grad Center in collaboration with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. More of her songs were recorded by soprano Monica Harte on the classical label MSR Records.
Other works include What Are We Doing To Our World? a musical expression of concern for the environment, Damn Everything But The Circus, a full musical, The Great Grey Ghost of Old Spook Lane, a children’s musical. Ms. Phillips has been on the faculty of the Jazz Department at NYU, music Director for the 9AM service at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church and was a National Trustee of NARAS, the Recording Academy.