Instrument: Saxophone | AMT Products Used: Wi5 PRO
A shift in the genre labeled “smooth jazz” is happening now and saxophonist Phil Denny enters with a new sound and energy to launch a solo career.
Although no stranger to the stage, emerging saxophonist and recording artist Phil Denny is on track to elevate his music career to the next level. Denny, a Lansing, MI native has found that music is his true calling. A former vice president for a mortgage brokerage firm of 7 years and part-time performer, tossed in the towel to pursue his passion for music; a full-time journey that has already presented some incredible opportunities.
Much of 2011 was spent in-studio with producer and keyboardist Nate Harasim, working on the highly anticipated debut album labeled “Crossover”, which is scheduled to release July 26, 2012 and promises to deliver a contagious blend of original music. Denny teamed up with a great cast of musician friends including guitarist Nils, songstress Anna Stevenson, bassist Terrance Palmer and guitarists Gerey Johnson, Matt Godina and Frank Selman on this ten-track album. Inspired by a variety of musical influences, this collection of infectious melodies and in-the-pocket grooves with mature horn textures will be branded as the new identity of this passionate and soulful talent.
A unique style and personality on the saxophone has helped to cultivate a loyal, diverse fan base spanning the globe while building an impressive resume. Having performed with or along side notable artists like Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Darren Rahn, Cindy Bradley, Randy Scott, Tim Bowman, Lalah Hathaway, Howard Hewitt, Nate Harasim, Oli Silk, Gail Jhonson, Julian Vaughn, Lin Rountree, Althea Rene, Demetrius Nabors, Gerard Gibbs, Al McKenzie, Terrance Palmer, Orrick Ewing and even had an impromptu jam session with Stevie Wonder. Many of these artists are some of Denny’s most impressionable influences.