Phil Davis is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He started taking lessons from his father on piano and trumpet. During high school, Phil picked up the French horn as well. He received formal training in piano - starting at the age of 10 - and continued to concentrate on this particular instrument during his matriculation at Clark-Atlanta University where he received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education.
Phil performed and traveled with the Clark-Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra to the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Amsterdam. The experiences gained from these types of performances fostered and refined what is now known as the "Phil Davis" sound.
Phil has been blessed with profound musicianship and creativity. While listening to his "conversational" solos, you may hear traces or tributes to his musical influences: Herbie Hancock, George Duke and Joe Sample.
When Phil is not collaborating with his local group, The Phil Davis Quartet or multi-genre band, The Chronicle, Phil is performing with such artists as Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, George Duke, Rachelle Ferrell, Gerald Albright, Alex Bugnon, Boney James, Najee and Dionne Farris, and Erykah Badu. Phil has also performed with Jennifer Holiday, the late George Howard, the late Art Porter, Kathleen Bertrand, Reggie Codrington and Regina Belle to name a few.
Phil's additional accolades include writing the title track on Boney James' new album, Body Language ; writing and producing two tracks on the late George Howards' album, Midnight Mood (Exodus and Silent Thoughts); writing two tracks on Alex Bugnon's new album, "As Promised" (Scirocco and His Coolness); and doing production and performance on three tracks of Al Jarreau's latest CD, "Tommorrow Today".