Continuing with presenting emerging young composers the CBB features guest composer Phil Engsberg on Dec 9, 2015 at Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ. Phil Engsberg is one of New Jersey’s up-and-coming young composers. Phil attended the University of North Florida to study saxophone performance with the great Bunky Green, but found his voice after moving to New Jersey to study composition at William Paterson University with some of the well-established musicians in the area – Cecil Bridgewater, Pete McGuinness, and Jim McNeely.
Drawing heavily from the legacy of Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer, Phil’s music is rooted in the tradition of classic big band writing, but is always looking to touch the audience in its own way. Dabbling in everything from big band composition and film scoring, to poetry, and spoken word, his music brings an exciting, lyrical storytelling aspect that is sure to grab your attention, and keep you looking for what comes next.
Phil’s music has been performed at some of New York and New Jersey’s premiere jazz clubs. He co-leads a big band called “Big Beat” with Caleb Rumley and Charlie Dougherty, both who have been guest composers with the CBB. He is currently a part of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop and is looking forward to bringing some of his newest works to life.