Phil Markowitz

Jazz Pianist, Composer

1952 –


Who is Phil Markowitz?

Phil Markowitz is a jazz pianist and educator.

He graduated from the Eastman School of Music and in 1979 had his "first big break" working with Chet Baker's band. He is most known as a sideman. He made a 1980 recording entitled Sno' Peas with Eddie Gomez and Al Foster. He recorded two live duo albums with Dave Liebman as a member of Liebman's group; Markowitz calls this work the "biggest break of all" and they have worked together on and off for fifteen years. He has also served as a pianist in Bob Mintzer's Big Band.

In 1979, Markowitz started a four-year association with Chet Baker's band that took him around the world, and yielded such recordings as Broken Wing, Live at Nick's Place, Two A Day, Live at Chateauvallon, and Live at The Rising Sun. Markowitz has performed and/or recorded with such notables as Mel Lewis, Marian McPartland, Phil Woods, Lionel Hampton, Nick Brignola, Joe Chambers, Miroslav Vitous and Joe Williams.

His recordings as leader include Taxi Ride, In the Woods, Sno' Peas, Restless Dreams and 7 plus 8, with Italian saxophonist Maurizio Giammarco.

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Sep 6, 1952
New York City
Also known as
  • Markowitz, Phil
  • United States of America
  • Eastman School of Music

on July 23, 2013


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