Sonny Phillips

Born: Dec. 7, 1936 Mobile, AL

Jazz Keyboards

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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Sonny Phillips (b. December 7, 1936, Mobile, Alabama) is an American jazz keyboardist. His primary instrument is electric organ but he often played piano.


Phillips began playing jazz organ after hearing Jimmy Smith in his twenties. He studied under Ahmad Jamal, and played in the 1960s and 1970s with Lou Donaldson, Nicky Hill, Eddie Harris, Houston Person, and Gene Ammons. His debut album was released in 1969, and he released several further records as a leader before suffering a long illness in 1980. He went into semi-retirement after this and moved to Los Angeles; since then he has performed and taught occasionally.

Leader Discography

Sure 'Nuff (Prestige Records, 1969)

Black Magic (Prestige, 1970)

Black on Black (Prestige, 1970)

My Black Flower (Muse Records, 1976)

I Concentrate on You (Muse, 1977)

Sideman Discography

with Rusty Bryant Rusty Bryant Returns (Prestige, 1969)

with Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones Boogaloo Joe (Prestige, 1969)

with Houston Person Goodness (Prestige, 1969)

with Billy Butler Guitar Soul (Prestige, 1969)

with Gene Ammons Brother Jug (Prestige, 1969)

with Houston Person The Truth (Prestige, 1970)

with Houston Person Person to Person (Prestige, 1970)

with Houston Person The Real Thing (Eastbound, 1973)

with Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones Black Whip (Prestige, 1973)

with Willis Jackson In The Alley (Muse, 1976)

with Houston Person Stolen Sweets (Prestige, 1976)

with Houston Person Wild Flower (Prestige, 1977)

with Etta Jones Don't Misundertand - Live In New York (High Note, 1980)

with Bernard Purdie Coolin' and Groovin' (Lexington, 1993)


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