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Phil Merriman

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Phil Merriman Trio - The Roots Beneath

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“exceptional diversity and masterful musicianship”

“a tremendous accomplishment”

“fresh and extremely pleasing.”

“The eponymous title track is a masterpiece”


The Riff Magazine

“there's plenty to like here”



I started writing this project with a series of track titles, around the theme of what is ‘unseen’ behind people of great character. Where so often we see a fruiting tree, we rarely get to see the graft, the discipline and the spiritual rhythms that form “the roots beneath”.

Featuring bass extraordinaire John Williamson and rhythmic tour de force Simon Roth, the ‘The Roots Beneath’ was recorded at the beautiful Ayriel Studios in Yorkshire, produced by long-term collaborator Raph Clarkson and recorded/mixed by music legend Sonny Johns.

I delighted to share this music with you. Phil

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London based jazz pianist, composer and arranger; Phil Merriman has had the privilege of working alongside musicians and artists in a wide variety of contexts across the UK and abroad. Phil has performed with artists such as Andrew Small, Aref Durvesh, Tony Kofi, Polly Gibbons, Selina Albright, Shola Ama, Raph Clarkson and Tara Minton. He established the Phil Merriman Trio feat. John Williamson (bass) and Simon Roth (drums).

Phil has recorded with artists including pianist John Taylor, Matt Gough, Andy Cleyndert, Paul Kimber, John Williamson, Simon Roth, and Raph Clarkson. Phil has performed in BBC Proms Plus events, including an improvisation and poetry workshop with BBC Radio 3 presenter Ian McMillan. He has also led large-scale music education projects alongside Pete Churchill, including composing, arranging and conducting for performances at the Royal Albert Hall.

He holds a Performance Diploma in Piano (ABRSM) and was awarded the Ed Burrell Prize for Performance while studying Music at the University of York where he studied Jazz Piano with John Taylor.
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