Simon Phillips

Instrument: Drums

Genre: Jazz, Fusion

Origin: united states

Territories: Europe

Availability: Jul, Oct, Nov 2019

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Simon Phillips is by far one of the world's most renowned and respected drummers, whose style not only reflects his technical gift but also his distinct musical sensibility. Whether it is Rock, Fusion or Jazz, Simon applies the same precision and intensity to his drumming, which is never lacking in emotion and feel.

ZEN AMADEUS is a brand new super group, founded by Simon Phillips and Bill Evans, that incorporates everything from Rock, Funk, Jazz, and beyond to create an organic and completely new and fresh sound. Both Phillips and Evans are famous for pushing the boundaries of their own solo ventures, so it was only natural when they decided to join forces.

In November 2018 Simon Phillips will be special guest of Randy Brecker/Bill Evans Soulbop XL - Celebrating their 15th anniversary.

Simon's professional musical career began at the early age of twelve, performing and recording with his father's - Sid Phillips – Dixiel and band until he turned sixteen. With an offer to play in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, his path was marked and his career in full bloom. Simon soon became one of London's most celebrated session drummers. In his early twenties he was well on his way to having a musical career nothing short of brilliance. To date he has toured and recorded with many bands and artists, including: Mick Jagger, The Who, Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Peter Gabriel, Joe Satriani, Tears for Fears, Judas Priest, Roxy Music, Michael Schenker, Nik Kershaw, Phd., Al DiMeola, 801, Pete Townshend, Russ Ballard, Robert Palmer, Stanley Clarke, The Pretenders, Jon Anderson, Whitesnake and Dave Gilmour... to name but a few.

In 1992 Simon decided to move to the USA, coinciding with being asked to join Toto for their world tour. He has remained a full time member ever since. After recording the Toto album "Tambu" in 1995, another year of touring followed in 1996, covering Europe, Japan, SE Asia and South America.

In 1997 Simon took a break from Toto in order to reach a personal milestone: He took his own band on tour, and for the first time he was the bandleader, and it was his music. This great year included tours of Europe, Japan and The United States, and a performance at The North Sea Jazz Festival.


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    1998 saw the recording of another Toto studio album entitled" Mindfields", followed by 2 years of touring around the world of which the live CD "Livefields" captures. The most recent Toto record "Through the Looking Glass" took the band in 2002/03 on extensive concert trips to Europe and Asia.

    Expanding his career from drumming to writing solo projects, Simon recorded his first album "Protocol" in 1988, followed by "Force Majeure" in 1992. "Symbiosis", which he recorded in 1995, was as spirited but more inspired than ever, and showed a change of direction in the compositions. Simon likes to link his growth in songwriting and new artistic depth to his move to the States. The 1997 record "Another Lifetime" shows yet another layer of his tremendously resourceful playing and an even more motivated composing. "Out of the Blue", a live album, followed in 1998 and in 1999 another complete change of style took place in his latest record "Vantage Point", which is a pure, straight ahead jazz album.

    Yet another expansion to Simon's musical career is producing and engineering, which he first started back in England with British composer Mike Oldfield, working on three albums with him. Aside from his solo projects, Simon also co-produced Toto's "Tambu" in 1995,followed by "Mindfields" in 1998. Simon was asked to engineer the latest Toto album, and spent a couple of months during the winter of2001/02 recording "Through the Looking Glass" in his own studio. Simon is currently back in his studio mixing a recently recorded show for the next Toto DVD.

    In 2000 Simon took a break from Toto and recorded with Derek Sherinian, formally of Dream Theater, as well as produced and engineered "Inertia". The following year included the recording of progressive band Planet X, "Moonbabies" and mixing a live CD "Live From Oz".

    Simon's sympathy to the various styles of music and his interest in sound and arrangements will always drive him to expand his career.

1998 saw the recording of another Toto studio album entitled" Mindfields", followed by 2 years of touring around the world of which the live CD "Livefields" captures. The most recent Toto record "Through the Looking Glass" took the band in 2002/03 on extensive concert trips to Europe and Asia.

Expanding his career from drumming to writing solo projects, Simon recorded his first album "Protocol" in 1988, followed by "Force Majeure" in 1992. "Symbiosis", which he recorded in 1995, was as spirited but more inspired than ever, and showed a change of direction in the compositions. Simon likes to link his growth in songwriting and new artistic depth to his move to the States. The 1997 record "Another Lifetime" shows yet another layer of his tremendously resourceful playing and an even more motivated composing. "Out of the Blue", a live album, followed in 1998 and in 1999 another complete change of style took place in his latest record "Vantage Point", which is a pure, straight ahead jazz album.

Yet another expansion to Simon's musical career is producing and engineering, which he first started back in England with British composer Mike Oldfield, working on three albums with him. Aside from his solo projects, Simon also co-produced Toto's "Tambu" in 1995,followed by "Mindfields" in 1998. Simon was asked to engineer the latest Toto album, and spent a couple of months during the winter of2001/02 recording "Through the Looking Glass" in his own studio. Simon is currently back in his studio mixing a recently recorded show for the next Toto DVD.

In 2000 Simon took a break from Toto and recorded with Derek Sherinian, formally of Dream Theater, as well as produced and engineered "Inertia". The following year included the recording of progressive band Planet X, "Moonbabies" and mixing a live CD "Live From Oz".

Simon's sympathy to the various styles of music and his interest in sound and arrangements will always drive him to expand his career.

Protocol IV Line Up 2017
Simon Phillips (Drums)
Greg Howe (Guitar)
Ernest Tibbs (Bass)
Otmaro Ruiz (Keys)

Simon Phillips / Bill Evans and "Zen Amadeus"
Simon Phillips (Drums)
Bill Evans (Sax)
Anders Bergcrantz (Trumpet)
Dennis Hamm (Keys)
Teymor Phell (Bass)


Randy Brecker / Bill Evans Soulbop Band
Randy Brecker (Trumpet)
Bill Evans (Sax)
Simon Phillips (Drums)
Dennis Hamm (Keys)
Teymor Phell (Bass)

Date Artist Venue City Country
22 Oct 2018 Simon Phillips Zen Amadeus Roter Saal Braunschweig Germany
23 Oct 2018 Simon Phillips Zen Amadeus Ursprung Rostock Germany
24 Oct 2018 Simon Phillips Zen Amadeus Gaste Garage Hasbergen Germany
25 Oct 2018 Simon Phillips Zen Amadeus De Boerderij Zoetermeer Netherlands
26 Oct 2018 Simon Phillips Zen Amadeus ColoSaal Aschaffenburg Germany
27 Oct 2018 Simon Phillips Zen Amadeus Jazzclub Minden Minden Germany
29 Oct 2018 Simon Phillips Zen Amadeus Spirit of 66 Verviers Belgium
30 Oct 2018 Simon Phillips Zen Amadeus Artikuss Soleuvre Luxembourg
31 Oct 2018 Simon Phillips Zen Amadeus Festhalle Zweibrücken Zweibrücken Germany
02 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips Soulbop Band Porgy & Bess Wien Austria
04 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips Soulbop Band Mühle Hunziken Rubingen Switzerland
06 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips Soulbop Band Clamores Madrid Spain
07 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips SoulBop Band Theatre Granada Spain
08 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips Soulbop Band Buero Vallejo Theatre Guadalajara Spain
09 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips Soulbop Band Cartegna Jazzfestival Cartagena Spain
10 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips Soulbop Band Barcelona Jazzfestival Barcelona Spain
11 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips Soulbop Band Freedom Jazzfestival Łódź Poland
12 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips Soulbop Band Leverkusener Jazztage Leverkusen Germany
15 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips Soulbop Band Junushof Wageningen Netherlands
16 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips Soulbop Band Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht Netherlands
17 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips Soulbop Band Teatro Ortega Palencia Spain
18 Nov 2018 Simon Phillips Soulbop Band Zaragoza Jazzfestival Saragossa Spain
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