Sid Phillips (musician)

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Sid Phillips
Birth nameIsador Simon Phillips
Born(1907-06-14)June 14, 1907
London, England, United Kingdom
DiedMay 24, 1973(1973-05-24) (aged 65)
Chertsey, United Kingdom
LabelsVariety, Vocalion, Brunswick, Columbia

Isador Simon "Sid" Phillips (June 14, 1907 – May 24, 1973) was an English jazz clarinetist, bandleader, and arranger.

Early life and education[edit]

Phillips was born in London in 1907, into a Jewish family.[1] He learned violin and piano as a child, and played reeds in his teens as a member of his brother's European band. He got into the music business as a publisher and director for the Edison-Bell Gramophone Company.


In 1930, Phillips began writing arrangements for Bert Ambrose, and joined Ambrose's ensemble in 1933, remaining there until 1937. Late in the 1930s Phillips played in the United States on radio and freelance in clubs. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, then put together his own quartet in 1946 and wrote several pieces for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He led a Dixieland jazz band of his own formation from 1949, and his sidemen included George Shearing, Colin Bailey, Tommy Whittle, and Kenny Ball.

Phillips's first recordings under his own name were made in 1928, and he continued to record as a leader into the 1970s. Phillips died in Chertsey in 1973.

In 1937 through 1938, a number of his recordings were issued in the United States through a contract he signed with Irving Mills and issued on Mills' Variety label, as well as Vocalion, Brunswick and Columbia labels, most recordings were made in England.

In popular culture[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Phillips' son, Simon Phillips, is a drummer, and started his career in the big band of his father.


  • Nevil Skrimshire, "Sid Phillips". Grove Jazz online.