Jonny's first instrument was violin then at 15 he took up the guitar. His main project for the last 5 years has been "Oriole" featuring fellow F-IRE members Ben Davis, Seb Rochford, Ingrid Laubrock and Nick Ramm as well as Brazilian musicians Fernando De Marco, Adriano Adewale Itauna, Afonso Corea and Teco Cardoso amongst others. Another notable Oriole guest has been singer Julia Biel who Jonny also collaborated with on her first album "Not Alone".
Until this year Jonny lived in the birth place of the guitar, Cadiz, southern Spain. He now lives in south London.
Oriole's new album "Every New Day" will be released in Feb/March 2012.
His other groups include; "Quarteto de Colores" with Paul Clarvis, Sonia Slaney and Mark Hodgson, "Oriole Brazil" featuring "Teco Cardoso and various members of Oriole and "Amber Lights" featuring Bruno Malguillo and Dan Hueston and The Dorian Ford/Jonny Phillips duo.
"Jonny Phillips seems to have music coming out of his ears" The Guardian
Oriole Cds on Amazon, Jazz CDs or ITunes.