Phillips began his love affair with the piano at
age seven, and had gone professional by age seventeen.
In 1955 he found himself playing piano in New York
City’s Greenwich Village. Working the midnight
to 3:00 am shift in various clubs by night he worked
his way through the Manhattan School of Music during
in New York, Bob gigged at The Radio City Music Hall,
Madison Square Gardens, Hotel Astor, The Waldorf
Astoria, Birdland, the Village Gate and the Village
Vanguard. He spent a year working in the pit of “Promises,
Promises” on Broadway and another year at the
New York Playboy Club.
spent much of his time at his studio on 46th street
where, with a staff of 4 people, Bob ran rehearsals
and auditions, wrote special material, and made recordings.
In 1966 Bob traveled to the Far East with the USO. As a
pianist and conductor he had the opportunity to work with
Guy Mitchell, Linda Lavin, and Gloria Leonard.
1971 Bob had tired of the harsh New York winters
and headed south to Orlando, Florida where The Walt
Disney Company engaged his talent. For the next year
and a half Bob worked at Disney World with many acts
including, Patti Page, Tex Beneke, Mel Torme and
the 4 Freshman.
found Bob in Carmel, California where he began exploring
the local music scene. After making the central California
coast his home, Bob produced shows and/or played
with such artists as Ali Ryerson, Charles Loos, Al
Cohn, Stan Getz, Richie Cole and Rebecca Parris.
After being named “Musician of the year” by
the Monterey Dixieland Festival, and awarded permanent
artist in residence, Bob formed the “Sweet Thursday
Jazz Band” in honor of local John Steinbeck’s
100th birthday celebration.
has performed 5 times at the Monterey Jazz Festival
and is currently freelancing around central and northern