Phil Hawkins is a master percussionist, an accomplished jazz drummer and one of the leading innovators of music for the steelpan. As a percussionist and drummer he has traveled throughout the United States, the Caribbean and South America to perform concerts, teach clinics and study percussion.
Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Phil completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music at Wichita State University. In 1998, Phil moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he quickly gained a reputation as a versatile drummer with Pete Escovedo, Ray Obiedo and the Novo Tempo Quartet. A friendship with world renown percussionist Michael Spiro eventually led Phil to begin work on his debut CD, “H2O.” He also met and collaborated with vibraphonist Gerry Grosz and bassist Jim Kerwin (David Grisman Quartet) on the 2001 release, “The Cosmic Buzz.”
From 2002 - 2004 Phil lived in Los Angeles where he continued to work as a jazz drummer. While there he began recording “H2O,” employing the legendary Alex Acuña on drums and percussion. Phil also worked on other recording projects for Caribbean vocalist Jessica Vautor, singer Kathleen Grace, Disney Internet Group, the University of Southern California Vocal Jazz Ensemble and film score composer Patrick Kirst.
Phil's new cd "Sugarcane Suite" has been receiving tons of airplay in the US and abroad and features: Jessica Vautor, Crazy, Randy Brecker, Ray Obiedo, Marc and Paul van Wageningen, Michael Spiro, Edgardo Cambon, Orlando Torriente, Dave Mathews, Michelle Hawkins and Murray Low.
Phil Hawkins - Steel Pans
David K. Mathews - Key Boards
Ray Obiedo - Guitar
Marc van Wageningen - Bass
Paul van Wageningen - Drums.
Phil Hawkins - "Sugarcane Suite", 2010
Phil Hawkins - "H2O", 2005
Phil Hawkins/Gerry Grosz/Jim Kerwin - "The Cosmic Buzz", 2001
A Cause for Celebration
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Everything's come together for this CD: the players and their inspired performances, the thoughtful ...Everything's come together for this CD: the players and their inspired performances, the thoughtful arrangements, the production, and the tunes--those beautiful, soulful tunes. If you're a musician, you'll be in awe of the great playing and writing that covers every inch of this CD. If you're a music lover, this is a feast. Sugarcane Suite will be playing in my house and car for a long, long time. Few things in life are sweeter.
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Exciting ! Groovin' terriffic jazz from steel pan artist Phil Hawkins. An All star cast around him, ...Exciting ! Groovin' terriffic jazz from steel pan artist Phil Hawkins. An All star cast around him, Randy Brecker, Ray Obiedo, Michael Spiro to name a few,--it's just bursting with passion-groove-topped off with incredible vocal performances, including Michelle Hawkins!!! This is fresh new-music!!!!.....it is impeccably performed,recorded and mixed.......a delightful array of south of the border rhythms !!!! It simply doesn't get any better than this !!!!! BRAVO Sugarcane Suite !!!!! Samba Calypso, Soca.......you won't sit still !!!!!!
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