Phil Fernandez Trio

Phil Fernandez Trio

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Phil Fernandez Trio is a Chicago based Jazz band. Their latest CD, The pH Factor, is a collection of mostly standards that have been arranged with a Latin touch and a bit of fun. It bridges Jazz, Latin and Rock. And this blend can be especially heard on the track Policy of Truth.


Phil Fernandez (band leader, drummer & arranger)
Damian Espinoza (pianist, composer & arranger)
Bob Lovecchio (basist & arranger)
Keri Johnsrud (featured vocalist)

Band History:
Phil Fernandez is a Chicago drummer that started his own musical project in 2009 together with Damian Espinoza and Bob Lovecchio - Phil Fernandez Trio. Phil has an affinity for jazz standards performed in styles that were popular in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. Phil Fernandez Trio presents a combination of those Jazz styles with Rock and Latin, three of Phil’s favorite genres. This blend can especially be heard on the track “Policy of Truth” from Phil’s latest CD “The pH Factor”.
Phil Fernandez was born into a musical family. His father was a percussionist, singer, arranger and song-writer. Phil started to play and study drums when he was four years old. He started his first band, a KISS cover band, at age 10. This band was the first of many to come, which would also lead to Phil exploring several styles including punk, new wave, and ska. Eventually he settled into heavy metal. Phil was also introduced to the music of Santana in high school, helping him hone his percussion skills.
Through all of this musical exploration, Phil always had an interest in jazz. In college, Phil joined several jazz bands with other jazz students on campus and took jazz classes. In his mid-twenties, he joined another jazz band and began playing gigs on the jazz scene. Since then Phil has had the honor and pleasure of playing with and studying under many talented musicians.
These experiences have cultivated Phil’s newest project, Phil Fernandez Trio, featuring Damian Espinosa on piano, Bob Lovecchio on bass, and special guest vocalist Keri Johnsrud.
Damian Espinosa is one of Chicago’s premier pianist whose style combines elements of jazz, classical, rock and Latin. He has played piano in diverse musical settings as both a jazz leader and a sideman, as a solo pianist, accompanist, for stage productions, operas, Second City, and even for a silent film.
Bob Lovecchio has been present on the Chicago music scene since 1998. He is an oustanding versatile bass player and performs in the following musical styles: Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Funk, Pop and Blue Grass. Keri Johnsrud is a talented Chicago vocalist. Jazz is her favorite style of music that makes her feel like home and feeds her soul.

Musical inspiration:
Jazz from the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s, Latin music and Rock. Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Carlos Santana, Max Roach, Gene Krupa, Stewart Copeland, Tito Puente, Neil Peart, Lars Ulrich, Buddy Rich, Charles Heath IV…


The pH Factor (2010)