Phil Brown is an established jazz bassist, composer, and educator based in southern Illinois. He is Professor of Jazz Studies and Double Bass at Southern Illinois University, where he also is bassist with the New Arts Jazztet (NAJ). Brown's long-time dual performance career has included tours and performances with name jazz artists, as well as full-time stints with professional orchestras. His writing efforts have produced almost 50 originals for the NAJ. Brown has recorded 4 CDs as leader. The Illinois Arts Council has honored him for his work and commitment within the arts with an Artist Fellowship Award in music composition.
Brown did his undergraduate studies in composition at Northwestern University, and his graduate work in music education (jazz studies) at North Texas State University. His bass teachers have included Lawrence Hurst, Ringwalt Warner, Evan Tonsing, Warren Benfield, and Edward Rainbow. He studied composition with M. William Karlins, and with Luciano Berio. Brown is a native of Amarillo, Texas.