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As a saxophonist, composer, arranger, pianist, and educator, Canadian musician Phil Dwyer is recognized as a master of his craft. Among over 100 recordings he has appeared on Juno Award winning releases with Guido Basso, Joe Sealy, Terry Clarke, Don Thompson, Molly Johnson, Hugh Fraser, and the Phil Dwyer/Dave Young Quartet. For 15 years Phil was a successful session player, and a regular performer Toronto’s top jazz clubs, where he appeared with jazz giants Kenny Wheeler, Red Rodney, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, Marcus Belgrave, Alain Caron, Don Thompson, Dave Young, Joe Labarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Rodney Whitaker and many others. He was also an ‘in demand’ arranger, musical director, composer and performer for CBC Radio Music, appearing regularly on national broadcasts, and as m/d of a groundbreaking 3 hour live broadcast from post-Katrina New Orleans. In addition to regular touring in Canada he has been active internationally, in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and South America.
A resident of his native Vancouver Island since 2004 Phil remains busy as a performer and as a composer and arranger for concert and recording projects. This includes orchestral projects with Sarah Slean and the CBC Orchestra, big band work with Hard Rubber Orchestra, chamber music for the Gryphon Trio, and several projects with the Art Of Time Ensemble, of which he is a founding member. Phil was twice named “arranger of the year” at the National Jazz Awards. His most recent project, an ambitious 40 minute work called “Changing Seasons” was a piece written for violin virtuoso Mark Fewer, along with jazz orchestra and string orchestra. It received it’s successful premiere at McGill University in late 2010, and plans are currently underway for a studio recording.
*a partial list of the great musicians and entertainers that Phil has appeared on stage or recorded with would include: Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Tom Harrell, Red Rodney, Gino Vannelli, Lee Oskar, Bob Newhart, Milton Berle, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Wheeler, Guido Basso, Dave Young, David Friesen, Randy Brecker, Denny Zietlen, Neils Lan Doky, Ira Coleman, Jeff Watts, Dafnis Prieto, Horacio Hernandez, Lenny White, Kenny Barron, Dave Holland, Jim Hall, John Handy, Charlie Haden, Ingrid Jensen, Hilario Duran, Roberto Occhipinti, Jane Bunnet, Diana Krall, Christine Jensen, Seamus Blake, Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, Leroy Vinnegar, Jason Rebello, Buster Williams, Terry Clarke, Don Thompson , Carol Welsman , Joe Sealy, Philosopher Kings, Alain Trudel, Mark Fewer, Steven Page, Sarah Slean, Lenny Solomon, Darrell Grant, Peter Washington, Billy Drummond, James Genus, Renee Rosnes, Ian Tyson, Jennifer Warnes, Marc Jordan, Stephan Moccio, Sophie Milman, Roberto Occhipinti, Michael Occhipinti and NOJO, Eddie Bo, Jamil Sharif, Mark Mullins, Johnny Vidacovich, Brian Coogan, Alain Caron, Paul Brochu, Monte Croft, Laila Biali, George Koller, Mark Kelso, Neil Swainson, Reg Schwager, John Stowell, Jerry Hahn, Barry Romberg, Hugh Fraser, Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Shew, Robert Aitken, Soul Stew, Patricia O’Callahan, Matt Zimbel and Manteca, Albert Schultz, Cathy Jones, Cynthia Dale, Brian Orser, Alana Bridgewater, Jerry Fuller, Ian McDougall, Alex Pauk and the Esprit Orchestra, Art Of Time Ensemble, Shorty Rogers, Terri Lyne Carrington, Robi Botos, Brad Goode, Boz Scaggs, Cornelius Bumpus, Drew Zingg, Richard Patterson, David Liebman, Steve Grossman, Junior Cook, Rodney Whitaker, Geoff Keezer, Jon Wikan, Essiet Essiet, Bucket Baker, Kevin Turcotte, Scott White, Campbell Ryga, Bill Mays, PJ Perry, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Russ Little, Holly Cole, Molly Johnson, Danny Finkleman, Doug Riley, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Norm Foote, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, CBC Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja (Latvia) Symphony, ensembles of many major universities, Anne Murray, Archie Alleyne, New York Voices, Jeff Tyzik, Byron Stripling, Rashid Ali, Steve Wilson, Walter White, Arnie Chycoski, Lanny Morgan, Tim Ries, Amici Ensemble, Clayton-Scott Group, Michael Dunston, Steve Kirby, Danny Greenspoon, David Clayton-Thomas, David Virelles, Dee Daniels, Andy Middleton, Alan Jones, Hugh Marsh, Jackie Richardson, Jim Byrnes, George Blondheim, Jill Townsend, Joani Taylor, Joe Coughlin, Johannes Wallman, John Stetch, Lisa Dalbello, Slide Hampton, Lou Pomanti and the Dexters, Alex Lifeson, Michael Blake, Michael Kaeshammer, Mike Murley, Oliver Gannon, Otmaro Ruiz, Mighty Popo, Hayley Sales, Rita Chiarelli, Sam Noto, Shannon Butcher, Steve Mackinnon, Ted Quinlan, Tim Tickner, Tom Keenlyside, Uri Caine, Joey Defrancesco, Vito Rezza, Yannick Rieu, Pat Labarbera, Joe Labarbera, Aaron Carter, Colin James, Dennis Charles, Dennis Mackrel, Delfaeyo Marsalis, Bucket Baker, Jiggs Whigam, Mary Wells, Dick Clark, The Temptations, The Four Lads, Ellen Rowe, Jay Thomas...........
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