The Phil Denny surge has become a topic of conversation and interest among an International audience spawning loyal and borderless fanfare. Impressive artistry, presence and passion combined with a unique ability to connect with people on and off the stage have earned Denny a resume of notable achievements in just a short time and give reason to play on.
Since emerging onto the smooth jazz scene in 2012 much traction has been made by the efforts of this successful saxophonist and businessman. Denny has been described by some as a “people’s musician” having developed a very active and loyal fan base even before the release of his internationally recognized 2012 debut, “Crossover,” an album which earned him three Billboard charted hits.
“Crossover”, Denny’s debut release was described by Critical Jazz as “an album that works on every imaginable level from sophisticated cover art to a non-pretentious approach to where contemporary music should be heading.” The acceptance of this album was immediate as “Push”, the vibrant first single to radio debuted at #29 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz National Airplay chart and later peaked at #21 as well as spent more than 20 weeks on the SmoothJazz.com charts. Another up-tempo song, “Traffic Jam” debuted #30 on the Billboard smooth Jazz National Airplay chart and rose to #25 during its thirteen-week presence on the chart. The notable title track “Crossover” was later released and also earned a Billboard chart credit in addition to being featured on SiriusXM Radio adding national airplay recognition to his independent campaign.
Performance highlights to date include an appearance at the 2012 Dubai International Jazz Festival, Headlining Jazz Under the Stars 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya, Co-headlining Jazz Under the Stars 2014, festival appearance at the 2013 Arizona Jazz Festival, 2013/2014 GrandJazzFest, 2014 Inaugural Shoreline Jazz Festival, 2015 Inaugural Cabin Fever Jazz Festival, three sold out performances at Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club, performing as sideman to guitarist Peter White, trumpeter Rick Braun, R&B vocalist Stokley Williams, opening for RnR, playing alongside Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway and jamming with Stevie Wonder. Additional accomplishments have included a sold out 2012 hometown album release, a sold out 2012 inaugural Phil Denny & Friends Christmas Collective and producing a successful ongoing monthly jazz series in his hometown of Lansing, Michigan.
At present, in addition to an active performance schedule, Denny is on the verge of releasing his sophomore CD “Upswing” due out in July 1, 2015 with an International radio campaign commencing June 22, 2015. The forthcoming release will further highlight Denny’s great sense of melody and understanding of songs that groove with R&B and pop influences. Production began in late 2014 with Grammy and Soul Train nominated producer Nate Harasim and the team has every intent in delivering a successful follow-up project to a debut album that no doubt left an imprint.