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Strange, Phillip (Michael)

Strange, Phillip (Michael), pianist, composer, educator; b. Kingsville, TX, 11 January 1960.

During his childhood, Strange resided in Pittsburgh, PA, where his father (Richard Eugene Strange, b. 1928) was director of bands at Carnegie Mellon University. Strange's mother (born Marian Lucille Box, 1928) and older brother (Steven Strange, b. 1952) played piano at home as Strange grew up. As a young adult, Strange lived in Phoenix, AZ, where he studied jazz and began playing professionally. Phillip Strange has studied at Arizona State University (BM Instumental Music, 1984; MM Piano Performance, 1988), and the University of Miami (DMA Instrumental Jazz Performance, 2003). Strange's jazz piano teachers include Clare Fischer (lessons from 1982-1983), Chuck Marohnic (lessons from 1980-1988), and Vince Maggio (lessons from 1999-2002). Strange has studied classical piano extensively. Classical piano teachers include Robert Hamilton (lessons from 1986-1988), Stephen DeGroute (lessons from 1985-1986), and James Ruccolo (lessons from 1978-1984). Strange performed six piano concerti with the Tempe Symphony (Tempe, AZ, 1980-1987). After graduating from Arizona State University in 1988 (BM Instumental Music, MM Piano Performance) Strange moved to Kobe, Japan, where he taught jazz at Koyo Shool of Music, and played professionally. In 1999, Strange moved to Miami, FL to study and teach at the University of Miami.

Strange has been an active jazz pianist, composer, and music educator for the past twenty-eight years. In addition to numerous tours and recordings, he has performed throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Strange has performed or recorded with such jazz artists as Joe Henderson, Lew Tabackin, Dave Holland, Ernie Watts, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Peter Erskine, "Slide" Hampton, Marc Johnson, Jon Faddis, James Moody, Frank Gambale, Richie Cole, Kazumi Watanabe, Dave Carpenter, Ira Sullivan, Mike Miller, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Melton Mustafa, Allan Harris, Cathy Segal-Garcia, and many more. Strange has taught at Arizona State University, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has given recitals and master classes at various universities in the US, including the State University of New York (Plattsburgh), the University of Illinois at Champaigne-Urbana, and Michigan State University. Strange is currently a lecturer in the Studio Music and Jazz Department at the University of Miami.

Song of the Heart (1993); New Truth (1994); Alone Together (1999); Quiet (2000)
As sideperson:
Craig Fraedrich: On the Edge (1990); Brasilia: River Wide (1995); Alice Tatum: Piano (1995); Alice Tatum: The Christmas Album (1996); Cheryl Fisher: God Bless the Child (2001); Summit Records: Spring (2002); Larry Marshall: All About That (2002); Roland Corp. MIDI data disks include: Jazz Standards 3 (1992) (solo keyboard), Jazz Standards 4 (1992) (solo keyboard), Jazz Standards 6 (1992) (solo keyboard)

Works by Strange:
Keith Jarrett's Up-Tempo Jazz Trio Playing: Transcription and Analysis of performances of "Just In Time." Doctoral essay, University of Miami, 2003.

Strange has received many awards and honors, including a University Fellowship (1999-2002), University Of Miami, (including annual stipend and full scholarship), Best Jazz Instrumental Soloist (2002) Downbeat Student Music Awards, Best Jazz Original Composition (2002) Downbeat Student Music Awards, Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2002) University of Miami, Best Jazz Instrumental Group (2001) Downbeat Student Music Awards, Who's Who Among Students In American Universities &Colleges (2001) elected by the University of Miami, First Place Winner (1985) Pacific Collegiate Jazz Festival Combo Competition, University of California, Berkeley, CA, Jazz Studies Grant (1984) National Endowment for the Arts for study with Clare Fischer, Second Place Winner (1984) Arizona State University Piano Concerto Competition, Phoenix, AZ, Second Place Winner (1982) Arizona State University Piano Concerto Competition, Phoenix, AZ, First Place Winner (1981) Arizona State Univer sity Jazz Combo Competition, Phoenix, AZ, Prize Winner (1980) Arizona Piano Teachers Association Recording Competition, Tucson, AZ. Strange received various scholarships during his university study.

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