Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 3 – Phil Dunlap

Phil Dunlap June 2013_Photo by Devin Rodino-6-2Name: Phil Dunlap

Title: Director of Education

How long have you worked for Jazz St. Louis?:  6 1/2 years

Do you play any instruments?: piano

Top three favorite Jazz St. Louis produced concerts: Herbie Hancock; Triumph of Trumpets with Jon Faddis, Terell Stafford, and Sean Jones; and Dr. Lonnie Smith with Russell Malone and Herlin Riley

Artist you would most like to work with, but haven’t yet: Keith Jarrett

Last jazz album you listened to:  Joe Lovano Quartet – Live at the Village Vanguard & Blue Mitchell – The Thing to Do

Three favorite non-jazz artists/bands: there is music out there other than jazz?

Favorite place to hear music other than The Bistro: Dizzy’s in New York

Three favorite movies: Waiting for Guffman, Casino, Star Trek (new and old)

Three favorite TV shows: Curb Your Enthusiasm, any of Tony Bordain’s shows, Top Gear (original BBC version)

Favorite restaurant for: list is ever changing, but at the moment:

1) Breakfast/Brunch: Home Wine Kitchen

2) Lunch:  Olio

3) Dinner: Brasserie

Pastimes/Hobbies: volunteering at area non-profits, reading, socializing and making friends

Worst job you’ve ever had: I’ve only had a few jobs in my short time on this earth and I’ve pretty much enjoyed them all. I suppose working construction for my dad back in the day (although I liked it) was probably the most “work” I’ve ever done. I guess I’m just not built for manual labor.


Career Bio:

Born in Mason City, IA, Phil Dunlap moved to the metro area in 2000 to study jazz at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  While there, he studied with pianist Reggie Thomas until he graduated in May of 2007, earning bachelor’s degrees in jazz performance as well as music theory/composition, and a master’s degree in jazz performance.  He was hired by Jazz St. Louis to head their growing portfolio of education programs in April of 2007.

Outside of the office, Phil remains active as a teacher, lecturer and performer.   In 2010, he became an Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  He has given pre-concert talks for the St. Louis Symphony, presented clinics at MMEA and MBA, and is the host and writer for Building Blocks of Jazz, an education segment that appears as part of HEC-TV’s I Love Jazz.  In 2009, he traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan with American Voices as an artist in residence at Kabul University and the National Institute for Music.

As a performer, Phil has presented numerous concerts in St. Louis, performing along side musicians such as Terell Stafford, Houston Person, Jimmy Cobb, and Christine Brewer at venues such as the Sheldon Concert Hall, Powell Hall and Jazz at the Bistro.

Most recently, Phil received the Certificate of Merit Award from St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association and was named “30 Under 30” by the St. Louis Business Journal.


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