Russ Phillips - trombone
Andy Brown - guitar
Stewart Miller - bass
Bob Rummage - drums
Four Chicago musicians who have been playing jazz together in every conceivable setting for many, many years.
Trombonist Russ Phillips was born in Denver, but grew up and studied in the Chicago area after his Father, Russ Phillips, Sr. left Louis Armstrong’s All Stars as trombonist for 1-1/2 years. Continuing in the tradition, Russ has become a well known, busy and respected performer around Chicago and on the jazz festival circuit. In dozens of festivals, cruises and concerts he’s performed with Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Doc Cheatham, Kenny Davern, The Four Freshman, Lionel Hampton, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Dick Hyman, Houston Person, Bucky Pizzarelli, Doc Severinsen, Allan and Warren Vache and many others.
In and around Chicago,
Russ can be found performing in a wide range of settings, from duos and trios, swinging big bands and all points in between. He has recorded three solo CD’s and appears on several others including four by John Sheridan’s Dream Band on the Arbors Jazz label.
Since 2003, when guitarist Andy Brown came to Chicago, he and Russ have found as many ways as possible to play together. Initially in Russ’ Windy City All Stars band and more recently in Petra’s Recession Seven and The Andy Brown Quartet. As a sideman Andy has performed with internationally known jazz musicians including Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Warren Vaché, Ken Peplowski, Hod O’Brien, Anat Cohen, Kurt Elling and many others.
His love of great tunes as well as accompanying skills have made him a favorite with vocalists in the Chicago area. He also had the good fortune to accompany Barbra Streisand when she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009.
Andy has made many festival appearances around the world including performances in Brazil, Europe and Canada. In 2012, his trio was invited by the Chicago Mayor's office to perform for the Nobel Peace Prize dinner in Chicago where invited guests included U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well as the Dalai Lama and Mikhail Gorbachev.
Since 2009, Andy has co-led a two-guitar quartet with renowned guitarist Howard Alden. In 2013, Delmark Records released a CD of the group entitled "Heavy Artillery" which received four stars in Downbeat Magazine and was featured in their annual Albums Of The Year issue.