Jim Phillips

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Full Name:  James Phillips
Hometown:  Christchurch
Instruments Played:  Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
Career Began:  Early 60s
Groups:  The Statesmen, The Detours,The Esquires, Coalition, The Mainland Connection, Neketini Brass
Recordings:  Various
Residencies:  The Laredo Nitespot (1963-64)
Shows:  Various
Career:  Currently playing with "About Time"

Award presented 2009 Award presented 2009

As the wonderful decade of the 60's was beginning, Jim was playing saxophone around the church dances in Christchurch with a popular band called The Statesmen.  About this time, Johnny Campbell was forming a new band which he asked Jim to join.  The band very quickly became popular and was later to become known as The Detours, securing the first residency at Surf City and later the Laredo Lounge.  After The Detours, Jim went on to play with several well known Christchurch groups, including The Esquires, Coalition, the Mainland Connection and the very popular Neketini Brass.  For the last three decades he has essentially been involved in the New Zealand jazz scene, realising his true ambition in music and playing with SOLPAC at various jazz and corporate events.  Jim however has never lost his love for rock and roll and in 2005 joined the Peter Sowden/Brian Ringrose band ABOUT TIME and is currently playing with them at their ROCKIN' IS OUR BUSINESS dance parties and other events.


Jim Phillips at the Laredo

Jim Phillips Detours early 60s