The Phil Denny surge has become a topic of conversation and interest among an international audience spawning loyal and borderless fanfare. Impressive artistry, presence and passion combined with a unique ability to connect with people on and off the stage have earned Denny a resume of notable achievements in just a short time and give reason to play on.
Since emerging onto the smooth jazz scene in 2012 much traction has been made by the efforts of saxophonist and businessman, Phil Denny. The four-time Billboard charting, independent artist has been described as a passionate and soulful player often captivating audiences with his smooth, sexy yet energetic style. Friends and fans alike often describe him as a people’s musician having developed and maintained a very active, loyal and ever-growing fan base even before the release of his internationally recognized 2012 debut CD, Crossover.
Denny’s sophomore CD release, Upswing, offers 11-tracks infusing elements of R&B, urban vibe, uptempo pop and funk and features the hit track, Diggin’ On which has enjoyed more than 11 weeks on the Billboard chart having peeked at an impressive #13 position. A career first top ten (#7) on the Mediabase chart and a Sirius XM Watercolors weekly #1 has also been added to Denny’s radio credit resume. Additional radio singles, Soak It Up and Radio Flyer also received national and international airplay on FM and internet radio stations as well as SiriusXM. Denny’s latest release Upswing demonstrates a clear ability to raise the bar while displaying growth in artistry. Expect new, artist-defining music later this year!
Performances of note to date include an appearance at the 2012 Dubai International Jazz Festival, Headlining Jazz Under the Stars 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya, Co-headlining 2014, 2013 Arizona Jazz Festival, 2013/2014 GrandJazzFest, 2014 Inaugural Shoreline Jazz Festival, 2015/2016 Cabin Fever Jazz Festival, 2016 Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival and on-going appearances at the MGM Grand Detroit casino Additionally, Denny has performed as sideman to guitarist Peter White, trumpeter Rick Braun, keyboardists Gregg Karukas and Oli Silk, R&B vocalist Stokley Williams and has opened for RnR, Brian Culberston and even once jammed with Stevie Wonder.