In the Spotlight: Phil Doyle

In the Spotlight is an opportunity for the campus community to get to know one another better. The goal is to build Eastern’s community by becoming familiar with the faces of faculty and staff members.

Date: January 5th, 2013

Name: Phil Doyle

Title: Director of Jazz Studies and Saxophone Lecturer

Department: Music- Jazz Division

Number of years at Eastern: 0.3! I was hired in August of last year.

Brief personal/professional description:

A Chicago native, Phil Doyle began his music career at the University of Miami as a scholarship student. Studying under both Professor Gary Keller and Professor Whit Sidener, Phil performed as a featured tenor saxophone soloist in the renowned UM Concert Jazz Band. During his time at UM, Phil performed with numerous artists such as Dave Liebman, James Moody, Vince Mendoza, John Fedchock, Jim McNeely and participated in the Grammy-Nominated UM album “Romances” with Maria Schneider.

At the age of 20, he toured for two years as a featured soloist with the popular group K.C. and The Sunshine Band. As a professional national and international touring musician, Phil has appeared on the NBC Today Show, the Ellen Degeneres Show, PBS and others and has performed at venues across Italy, Australia, the Cayman Islands, Amsterdam, Canada, Hawaii, Kauai, as well as most of the continental United States. Phil completed his Bachelors Degree and his Masters Degree at the University of Illinois under Professor Chip McNeill in 2011.

He has been an active freelance artist in the Chicago land area for many years, participating in various recording projects and appearing at venues and festivals all across the city. Most recently he can be heard on an Origin Record Label release “Opening Statement” alongside Chicago trumpeter Tito Carrillo. He has also performed and composed music for independent film and commercial music projects. Phil is thrilled to bring his experience and enthusiasm to the department. He is also looking forward to participating in the expansion and continued success of the jazz program at Eastern Washington University.

Favorite book: Divina Commedia – Dante

Favorite movie: The Big Lebowski. …dude.

Favorite restaurant: Smith and Wollensky’s (Chicago)… mmmm, steak!

Favorite quote: “Focus on where you want to go, not what you fear.”

Favorite vacation: National Lampoon’s vacation.

Volunteer activities: M.M. Urbana Lodge #157, IL CHIP, other activities

Awards received within the past five years:

  • Downbeat Award 2003
  • Awarded the John Garvey Memorial Scholarship (2006)
  • Received the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Jazz Division Award (2007)
  • University of Notre Dame Jazz Festival “Outstanding Soloist” (2008)
  • 1st runner up in the Armstrong Solo Competition (2009) (a historically classical competition)
  • “Director’s spotlight performance” / special mention at The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in the Krannert Debut Artist Recital Competition 2009

If I could do anything today I would: Have a dance off with Swoop and show him who’s really got the moves!