Philip Kuehn is a bassist, arranger, composer and educator who has performed professionally with Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Jonathan Batiste, Branford Marsalis, Carl Allen, Rodney Jones, Khristian Dentley of Take 6, Cyrille Aimee, Anthony Hamilton, Dr. Billy Taylor and Roy Hargrove, among others. Formerly the regular bassist for Jonathan Batiste’s groups, including the “Stay Human” band, Philip has made several guest appearances on the Late Show with Steven Colbert. Five of Philip’s arrangements for strings and choir appear on “Christmas with Jon Batiste”, featuring artists such as Aloe Blacc, Judith Hill, Sean Jones, and Jason Marsalis. His arrangements have been featured on CBS. The album placed #3 on the Billboard Jazz chart, and #1 on the Heatseeker's chart. He has also recorded with Cyrille Aimee, Khristian Dentley, Kirk Whalum, Justin Kauflin. He carries Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the Juilliard School in Jazz Studies, and currently lives in Ephraim, Utah with his wife and three children, where he is the Director of Jazz Studies at Snow College.
Philip's musical journey began when he was very young. His parents would sing intervals and melodies to him when he was a toddler, and by the time he was 4, he could sing melodies to classical pieces. He started working in the Pittsburgh Jazz Scene at the age of 12. His parents were very supportive, being musicians themselves, and his father took him to Pittsburgh every week for lessons from 7-12th grade with Dwayne Dolphin, Jeff Mangone and Jeff Grubbs. Legendary Jazz Drummer Roger Humphries also allowed Philip to sit in at weekly jam sessions in Pittsburgh, and starting calling him for gigs in high school. Philip is very grateful for the musical guidance given by Roger, Dwayne, and other Pittsburgh legends Lou Stellute, Delano Choy and Don Dapolis at those jam sessions. Childhood friends Joe Saylor (Late Show with Steven Colbert) and Angelo Versace (Director of Jazz Studies at University of Arizona) formed a trio with Philip in 7th grade, and they began performing regularly all through high school in Western Pennsylvania, and around the world. Joe's father Nevin was also influential in Philip's musical development. He is eternally grateful for God's provision, and the roles that others have had in his musical career.
Musician: Philip Kuehn