Phil (Philharmonic) Hale - Keyboards, Organ, Piano

This gifted musician has been playing the keys for over thirty years. It's clearly second nature. From All Star jam sessions to smoky after hours clubs he rarely misses his opportunity to sit down at the keys and lay down a groove that simply fits. In high demand on the jazz, gospel, rhythm & blues, house, funk & techno scenes his creativity seems almost endless and his association the same magnitude.

Phil has backed international greats such as funk icon George Clinton, (Was not Was) sax man Dave McMurray, trumpet legend Marcus Belgrave, jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan, gospel greats The Ridgeway Sisters & recorded with the great Herbert Pickard. He backed Pat Lewis of (Issac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul), funk diva Belita Woods, Detroit phenomenon James Carter, R&B vocalist Bettye Lavette, Motown legend Martha Reeves, a number of respected jazz crooners…Kathy Lamb, Ortheia Barnes, Nikki Pearse, Camille Price, Audrey Northington, Ramona Collins, Joan Crawford, Leslie Ferguson, Nancy Davis and more. When not lending his talents to the ladies of the stage he feels right at home with Detroit's instrumental All Stars such as…Straight Ahead's flautist Althea Renee, international jazz guitarist Perry Hughes progressive jazz bassist Ralphe Armstrong and nationally acclaimed trumpeter Rayse Biggs.

Phil has taken this abundant source of collaborative experience and combined it with original creations that have helped to hone his very unique sound. His evolution of musical form is expressed in his collection of five self produced CD's that Phil has created over the years. You can experience this incredible mix of expression in the following titles:
1989's Supernatural
1992's Give Em Hale
1999's Urban Symphonies
2002's Beyond
2003's Aquarian
2004's Vol.1: The Birth Of Urban Progressive

In 2000 Phil Hale was found playing with some of Detroit's most promising new ensembles. The very popular Jazzhead and the very psychedelic Soul Clique. Concurrently Phil would be cutting tracks with Detroit's own housemaster DJ Mike "Agent X" Clark and upcoming DJ Scott Ferguson. During Phil's jaunts around town he and many other well known musicians and music business professionals frequented a popular music club in downtown's Greektown called The Music Menu. The Music Menu featured music seven nights a week and it was there that Phil Hale would sit in with Detroit's very popular Thornetta Davis…the rest is history or should I say present.

Phil Hale has been a member of the Thornetta Davis band for five years. In 2001 he was the keyboard player on the Thornetta Davis release "Covered Live at the Music Menu", an incredible live CD that won Best R&B album at the 2002 Detroit Music Awards and has sold over 5,000 copies to date. Phil Hale has played his share of high profile gigs… The Pocono Blues Fest (2nd largest blues fest in the USA), Buddy Guy's Legends, The Detroit Montreaux Jazz Fest, The Michigan Taste Fest, The Greek Town Art Fest, The Detroit Festival of the Arts, The Concert of Colors, The African American Fest, Dally In The Alley, The Anti Freeze Blues Fest ,The Taylor Blues Fest, The Ferndale Art Fair, The XL NFL Superbowl and so many more. He's opened for Ray Charles, Lonnie Brooks, George Clinton, Peabo Bryson, The North Mississippi Allstars, Koko Taylor, and the great Keb Mo.

It is clear that Phil is a staple in Detroit talent and not only are his creative talents a major part of the Detroit music scene…they are a part of it's success….JH

Phillip J. Hale / PhilHarmonic/ Keyboardist

Contact Info: 313-683-5995


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