Pianist/Composer/ Producer from New Orleans Phil Parnell started playing piano at an early age, studied privately with Ellis Marsalis as a teenager, and attended Berklee College of music in Boston in the late 70's. On his return to New Orleans he began working with many different bands in venues in and around the City of New Orleans on Bourbon Street, in hotels and restaurants, at the jazz clubs, and various festivals in and around south Louisiana.
Over the years he has played clubs and concert halls around the world and shared the stage with hundreds of artists, including Bettye Lavette, Gatemouth Brown, Astrud Gilberto, Brian Blade, George Porter jr. (of the Meters), Bo Diddly, Johnny Vidacovich, Imelda May and Oscar Brown jr.
Phil embraces many styles and settings of music and is delighted to go from an eclctronic, experimental musical situation to a traditional jazz , gospel jazz, rhythm & blues, cabaret, solo piano, or big band scenario.
Most recently he has been touring and recording with Jamie Lidell, the Matthew Herbert Big Band, Lillian Boutte', and Denny Ilett as well as his trio, 'PP3' and writing and producing CDs on his own Village Studio Records label.
In 2008 he was with Jamie Lidell and Street Material opening for Elton John's Red Piano Tour.
Phil's music was used in the 2009 Zurich Film festival documentary category winner "The Sound After the Storm" about New Orleans musicians after hurricane Katrina.
"Dear Jo" Slam 225CD Phil Parnell Trio with Dave Green and Johnny Vidocovich
"Do Your Living In The Night" Mantis Recordings
"Funky Feet" Village Studio Records PP3 with Torben Bjørnskov and Espen Laub
"Closer Than You Think" Village Studio Records
"That Don't Keep Me From Cookin In A Gumbo Pot" Village Studio Records feat. Lillian Boutte' and PP3
"PP3 Blue" Village Studio Records; PP3 with Torben Bjørnskov and Espen Laub
He has collaborated on compositions with George Porter, Matthew Herbert, Dylan Howe, Amasa Miller, Holly Bendtsen,
Dani Siciliano, Lillian Boutte', Rick Trolsen, and many others.