Dr. Damani Phillips, D.M.A. Associate Professor Jazz and African American Studies, University of Iowa
has earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from DePaul University and The University of Kentucky in classical saxophone, a second Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Wayne State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. An active performer, pedagogue and lecturer, he has taught and performed throughout the world. Previously serving on the faculty of Grinnell College and Oakland University, Dr. Phillips is actively sought as a guest artist, clinician and adjudicator throughout the country. He has performed with artists/groups such as Lewis Nash, Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon, Bobby McFerrin, Marcus Belgrave, Terrell Stafford, Hank Jones, Red Holloway and Pat Bianchi, among many others. Dr. Phillips has released five albums as a leader, and published his first book, What Is This Thing Called Soul?: Conversations on Black Culture and Jazz Education in 2017.