VERY EXCITED to have Phil McGowan return to Blue!
Currently, Phil can be found throughout New England leading his own bands as well as playing with some of the top jazz musicians in the area, which have included Bruce Gertz, Marshall Wood, Billy Pierce, Greg Hopkins, Russ Hoffmann and Ted Casher, among others.
A New England native, Phil McGowan was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1985. At an early age, Phil joined with his brother and a local pianist to form a jazz trio, and began his career as a freelance musician. With Les Harris Jr. as a mentor, Phil was able to hone his skills by sitting-in with various legendary musicians at the Press Room in Portsmouth, New Hampshire through his middle school and high school years. Later on, Phil was hired as a sideman by some of these musicians, including Herb Pomeroy, Dick Johnson and Volker Nahrmann.
Phil holds a Music Performance Degree in Percussion, with Jazz Studies Concentration from the University of Southern Maine, where he continued his education in jazz while gaining familiarity with different types and traditions of music from around the world. Through his years at music school Phil continued to freelance, finding himself in concert halls, clubs, music festivals and cruise ships, which ventured into Europe, Africa and Asia.