Phil Upchurch

Phil Upchurch ( born July 19, 1941 in Chicago) is an American jazz guitarist and bass guitarist of Rhythm and Blues and Rock Jazz.

Life and work

Phil Upchurch began his musical career in R & B bands, such as The Kool Gents, The Dells, and The Spaniels. In 1961 he formed his own band, with which he einspielt the Hiterfolg "You Can not Sit Down", which reached # 30 on the U.S. charts. The band at that time belonged to the organist Cornell Muldrow, saxophonist David Brooks, the trumpeter Mac Johnson and drummer Joe Hoddrick. In 1966 he participated in Stan Getz's tribute to Burt Bacharach, What the World Needs Now, with. In the 1970s Upchurch worked with keyboardist Tennyson Stephens; their album Upchurch / Tennyson appeared on CTI Records in 1975, produced by Creed Taylor, the arrangements came from Bob James. In 1974, he participated in one of the last albums by Cannonball Adderley ( Pryamid ) before his death with.

Upchurch served as in-demand session musician on albums by Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Howlin ' Wolf. In the 1970s he worked mainly on various fusion albums, like Grover Washington, George Benson ( Breezin ', 1976) and The Crusaders. In the 1980s and 1990s, he worked with Joey DeFrancesco, Red Holloway, Chaka Khan, Booker T. Jones, Leroy Hutson, John Klemmer, Jack McDuff, Carmen McRae, John Pisano, David Sanborn, Jimmy Smith and Michael Jackson.

Upchurch won the 1997 Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.


  • You Can not Sit Down ( Boyd 1961)
  • You Can not Sit Down, Part Two ( United Artists, 1961)
  • Twist The Big Hit Dances ( United Artists, 1961)
  • Feeling Blue ( Milestone, 1968)
  • Upchurch ( Cadet Concept 1968)
  • The Way I Feel ( Cadet Concept 1969)
  • Darkness, Darkness ( Blue Thumb 1972)
  • Lovin ' Feelin ' ( Blue Thumb 1973)
  • Upchurch Tennyson ( Kudu 1975)
  • Phil Upchurch (1978 )
  • Revelation ( Jam 1982)
  • Name Of The Game ( Jam 1983 with Marlena Shaw)
  • Companions ( Paladin 1985)
  • L.A. Jazz Quintet ( Pro Arte 1986)
  • All I Want ( Ichiban 1991)
  • Love Is Strange (Go Jazz 1995, Chaka Khan, Mavis Staples, Ben Sidran and Bob Malach )
  • Whatever Happened to the Blues? ( Ridgetop / Bean 1997)
  • Rhapsody & Blues (Go Jazz 1999)

Links / sources

  • Phil Upchurchs website
  • Phil Upchurch at