‘I’ve been a working professional musician for fifty years. I’ve played with a lot of the worlds greatest musicians and I can honestly say I’ve never known a better musician than Phil Dwyer. He’s a saxophonist, pianist, composer, arranger, producer and teacher and he does all these things at the highest possible level. He is a constant inspiration to everyone who knows him’.
– Don Thompson
Multi-instrumentalist and composer/arranger Phil Dwyer burst on the jazz scene in Canada, and internationally in his late teens and by his early 20s was, to quote Globe & Mail journalist Mark Miller, ‘startling jazz audiences with his unprecedented command of both tenor saxophone and piano’ and with his ‘extraordinarily authoritative playing….set the country on it’s ear’. Originally from Canada’s West Coast, Dwyer had sought out the action and excitement of New York City when he was just 17, moving there in 1983 to study with Steve Grossman and David Liebman and while there had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the true jazz legends who were still on the scene at that time. Another important element in his musical development was the renowned summer jazz workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts, which Dwyer attended in the early 80s. Under artistic director Dave Holland the Banff program drew the best and brightest young players from all over the world to meet and interact with an amazing faculty including Liebman, Lee Konitz, John Abercrombie, Steve Coleman, Julian Priester, and two musicians who would continue to play an important part in Dwyer’s life for the next quarter century, Don Thompson and Kenny Wheeler.
Phil Dwyer – Sax and Piano
Pat Collins – Bass
Terry Clarke – Drums