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Bowler, Phil

Bowler, Phil, bass. b. 2 March 1948. His parents are Clare and Charles Bolwer. He has two younger brothers. He received a Baccalureate degree in double bass from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford Connecticut.

He started studying the Violin at age 13, then some weeks later went to study the Cello. A couple of months later, when he was tall enough, he started studying the double bass at the age of 14.  In High School, in order to participate in the Marching Band, he also studied the trombone in addition to the double bass. He dropped the trombone studies to concentrate on his chosen Major in college, the double bass.
He believes the support of his parents has made him what he is today, saying he was always driven to bass lessons by his father. His parents also bought him his first bass and lesson books before he was able to drive and begin supporting himself.

Bowler has performed with many of today's top names including: Max Roach, Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Jon Faddis, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Ralph Peterson Jr., Geri Allen, Slide Hampton, Big Nick Nicholas and Jackie McLean. Currently, he is leading his band, Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle and doing freelance work. After playing for multi - reed instrumentalist great Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bowler went on to tour and record with Wynton Marsalis. He has played major jazz festivals and venues like Carnegie Hall, Montreux, Japan and Canada. Bowler has also appeared on Swiss, Dutch, Spanish, French, Austrian, German and the BBC television, in addition to NBC, CBS, and PBS. His radio show, "Jazz Adventures," on WPKN since 1984, was selected by Variety magazine as the best jazz program and Phil as best radio personality.
He has performed lecture/demonstrations at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. (1992-2001), Hartt School of Music (1991-1999), and Housatonic Community Technical College (1978-81).

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Boogie - Woogie String Along For Real; Wynton Marsalis: Think Of One; Branford Marsalis: Scenes in the City; Terence Blanchard: Discernment; Donald Harrison: Nascence, Indian Dances; Ralph Peterson Jr.: Triangular, Volition, Art; Jon Faddis: Into the Faddisphere; Sal Salvador: The Way Of The Wind, Crystal Image;
Jackie McLean: Fire & Love

Contact information:
562 Stillwater Rd.
Stamford, Ct 06902 - 2034
Tel. (203) 323 - 1209

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