Born in 1977, Phil relocated to Sydney from his hometown of Dubbo, NSW in 1996 to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of music. He received an associate Diploma of jazz studies in 1997 after studying Double Bass for two years with Craig Scott, Mike Nock and Judy Bailley. Already a very present musician on the local scene, Phil won the prestigious James Morrison Scholarship in 1997 at the age of 19. He also began touring with the legendary Morrison that same year, and among other projects, has continued to do so constantly since then. These include Five European tours with Morrison, performing at some of the top festivals such as the Espoo international jazz festival in Finland (2002) and the Ardria festival in South Italy. James and Phil were also guests of the Munich Symphony Orchestra for a recorded concert in Munich in April of 2002, and have also toured with the Salzburg classical brass ensemble three times, performing both duo and with the ensemble in concert halls across Slovenia, Switzerland, northern Italy and Austria, including the famed Motzarteum in Salzburg.
Phil is a founding Member of multi platinum rock/pop group Thirsty Merc who signed to Warner Music in 2003. The group have recorded 3 albums together and continue to tour extensively in Australia and abroad.
Other performance credits include: The Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney symphony orchestras, a soloist role with the Legendary Lalo Shifrin and “Jazz Meets the Symphony”, and performances with Dale Barlow, Tommy Emmanuel, The James Muller trio, Lior, Katie Noonan, You Am I, Mark Murphy and Branford Marsalis.
Phil took out first place in the 2008 National Jazz awards winning an ABC recording as well as a cash prize.
He is currently in demand as both a live and studio musician performing and recording with a wide range of artists all over the world.
“Phil Stack proved to be one of the revelations of the festival. He is well known for his work with James Morrison, but the bassist’s performance in the competition revealed another side of his brilliant artistry. His solo piece was full of drama, surprise, invention and wit, and as mesmerising as anything i heard in the weekend’s concerts.”
(The Melbourne AGE Nov 5th 2008 reporting on The Wangaratta International Jazz fest)