After studying the classical piano, the guitar and harmony, Phil
Abraham was seduced by jazz and the trombone, on which he is self-taught.
His stylistic evolution is parallel to the history of jazz, and
even if he is a modern soloist today, he has worked with a wide
variety of great musicians.
has taken part in more than fifty albums, ten with his own group,
with which he won many prizes. He has often been invited in big
bands as a soloist. He took part in many recordings and concerts
of the big band of the Belgian Radio (BRT). Phil Abraham also
devotes his career to teaching, training courses and master-classes.
He was a teacher of vocal improvisation in Antwerp and Brussels.
He is now a jazz and trombone teacher at the Brussels Royal Conservatory
and at the National Conservatory in Douai (France)
Has played with
Michel PETRUCCIANI, Charles AZNAVOUR, Claude NOUGARO, Clark TERRY,
Hal SINGER, Toots THIELEMANS, Klaus IGNATZEK, John SURMAN, Art
FARMER, Michel HERR, Andy EMLER, Paolo FRESU, John ENGELS, Dusko
GOYKOVICH, Benny BAILEY, Bart
VAN LIER, Henri TEXIER, Klaus WEISS, Deborah BROWN, Maria
SCHNEIDER, John LEWIS, Lou BENNETT, Claudio RODITI, William SHELLER,
Didier LOCKWOOD, Dee Dee BRIDGEWATER, Michel LEGRAND, Lucky PETERSON,
Mino CINELU ...
1988 : first Prize at the International Jazz Contest in Sorgues
1989 : Prize of the Best Soloist at the "Concours de la Défense"
1998 : chosen as the best Belgian and European trombone player
by the listeners of the Belgian radio and the Belgian critics
1999 : elected once again the best Belgian and European jazz trombonist
2000 : second Prize at the International Contest of jazz soloists
Quartet record "Stapler" (Igloo IGL 091), with Michel
HERR, Jean-Louis RASSINFOSSE and Stéphane GALLAND was chosen
as the CD of the month by the Belgian jazz magazine "Jazz
In Time". His CD "En Public" (Lyrae records, LY9703007)
was selected as the CD of the month by the French "Jazz Magazine"
in October '97.
Was chosen by the Belgian Radio (BRT) to represent Belgium in
the Big Band of the European Broadcasting Union in Strasbourg
(France). Was invited in 1994 as a soloist at the Moscow Concert
Hall for a TV concert with the Moscow Big Band. Was the first
Belgian Jazzman to be a member of the "Orchestre National
de Jazz" in France, that he joined for 3 years with Laurent
CUGNY, then stayed with Didier LEVALLET for additional 3 years.
Replaced Bob BROOKMEYER in Michel PETRUCCIANI sextet, with Victor
JONES (drs), Anthony JACKSON (bass), Flavio BOLTRO (tp) and Stefano
DI BATTISTA (sax). Participated (1998) in the album "Jazznavour"
of the French singer Charles AZNAVOUR, in which he played all
the trombone parts. Other participants include Jacky TERRASSON
(p), André CECCARELLI (drs), Remy VIGNOLO (b). Arrangements
are by Pierre DREVET (p) and there are other celebrity guests
like Michel PETRUCCIANI, Diane REEVES, Richard GALLIANO and Eddy
a member of the International Dusko GOYKOVICH Big Band (February
2004) for a big TV-concert in Belgrade supported by the Minister
developped a new jazz trombone for the Courtois Company, the Xtreme
AC 430T model.
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