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Phil Gates

“The blues is a rich heritage that celebrates life in all of its glory and complexity. Phil Gates brings a fresh perspective and voice to America’s greatest native art form with the determination and talent to move it forward as a vital, living cultural treasure.”
Dave Rubin, Guitar Edge Magazine

Phil Gates was born in Chicago Ill., into a family of musicians that helped form his music style, and ability. Phil began playing musical instruments at the age of eight, and the Blues has always been one of his main sources of musical inspiration. Phil has played venues from small clubs, to the U.S. Air Force’s "Tops in Blue" World Tour, which performed the halftime show at the NFL Superbowl.

Phil Gates regularly tours in Europe and the States for festival and club dates, and performs locally at many of the best Los Angeles Blues Clubs. Also, Phil was featured every Friday night foe five years on Hornblower Crusie’s “Friday Night Blues Dinner Cruise”. Phil’s style is reminiscent of early Buddy Guy mixed with a special blend of flavors from Jazz, Fusion, and the Chicago, Delta, and Mississippi Blues styles.

Phil has won the “Beale Street Blues Kings” Competition in Memphis, TN.

Phil had the opportunity in his early years to listen and study great talent. As front of house engineer at the Caravan of Dreams Performing Arts Centre in Fort Worth, Texas, Phil worked with some of Blues and Jazz's greatest performers to include: Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King, Dizzie Gilespie, Wynton & Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Eartha Kitt, Dianne Reeves, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and many others.

Phil is an accomplished session guitarist, performing on such projects as the Philip Bailey CD "Life & Love", also with artists Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Deniece Williams, Jody Watley, Howard Hewett, Teddy Pendergrass, Brian McKnight, Ruben Studdard and Maurice White, Kellie Blaise, Billy Shields, Maurice White, Zac Harmon, Preston Glass, L.A. Stlyz and Seabron.

As a Producer, Phil has also produced a song of his with Karen Briggs, also Phil Co-Produced the award winning Blues record "The Blues According to Zacariah" with Zac Harmon, and recently has also Produced the “Urban Legacy” CD for Julia Jordan, daughter of renowned guitarist Stanley Jordan (who also performed on the CD). Also Phil scored an AFI film “My Normal Life”. Not to mention he has nine CD’s of his own music “This Side OF Me” and “Music From the film “My Normal Life” , “Should I?”, “Addicted To The Blues” "In The Mean Time", "Phil Gates LIVE at The Hermosa Saloon" The last three titles being on the Grammy Ballot. These are also available on Apple iTunes

Phil has three full endorsements with Ernie Ball/MusicMan Guitars, Evertune Bridges, and Ultimate Support music stands respectively.

Phil is a dedicated, hard working professional that has proven time and time again, that his being dependable, and being able to work well with others can be an asset in wide array of musical endeavors.