Sonny Phillips

Sonny Phillips

born on 7/12/1936 in Mobile, AL, United States

Sonny Phillips

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Sonny Phillips

Sonny Phillips (born December 7, 1936) is an American jazz keyboardist. His primary instrument is electronic organ but he often played piano.


Phillips began playing jazz organ after hearing Jimmy Smith in his twenties. He studied under Ahmad Jamal, and played in the 1960s and 1970s with Lou Donaldson, Nicky Hill, Eddie Harris, Houston Person, and Gene Ammons. His debut album was released in 1969, and he released several further records as a leader before suffering a long illness in 1980. He went into semi-retirement after this and moved to Los Angeles; since then he has performed and taught occasionally.


As leader

  • Sure 'Nuff (Prestige, 1969)
  • Black Magic (Prestige, 1970)
  • Black on Black! (Prestige, 1970)
  • My Black Flower (Muse Records, 1976)
  • I Concentrate on You (Muse, 1977)

As sideman

With Gene Ammons

  • The Boss Is Back! (Prestige, 1969)
  • Brother Jug! (Prestige, 1969)
  • Got My Own (Prestige, 1972)
  • Big Bad Jug (Prestige, 1972)

With Rusty Bryant

  • Rusty Bryant Returns (Prestige, 1969)

With Billy Butler

  • Guitar Soul! (Prestige, 1969)
  • Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Prestige, 1970)

With Eddie Harris

  • Mean Greens (Atlantic, 1966)

With Willis Jackson

  • In the Alley (Muse, 1976)

With Etta Jones

  • Don't Misundertand - Live In New York (High Note, 1980)

With Boogaloo Joe Jones

  • Boogaloo Joe (Prestige, 1969)
  • No Way! (Prestige, 1970)
  • Black Whip (Prestige, 1973)

With Houston Person

  • Goodness! (Prestige, 1969)
  • Truth! (Prestige, 1970)
  • Person to Person! (Prestige, 1970)
  • The Real Thing (Eastbound, 1973)
  • Stolen Sweets (Prestige, 1976)
  • Wild Flower (Muse, 1977)
  • The Nearness of You (Muse, 1977)
  • Suspicions (Muse, 1980)

With Bernard Purdie

  • Coolin' and Groovin' (Lexington, 1993)


  • [Sonny Phillips at All Music Guide Sonny Phillips] at Allmusic
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