Phil O’Malley is a Scottish jazz trombone player, based in Glasgow. Born in Edinburgh, he was exposed to music in the household from a young age, playing piano, violin and baritone horn before taking up the trombone aged ten. An early interest in jazz and improvisation was encouraged by his Dad, Jim (who was the first teacher of saxophonist Tommy Smith) as well as Richard Michael of the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra, and trombone player/educator Scott Stroman. By his teens he was active on the Scottish scene, playing in bars, clubs and concert halls the length of the country, and aged 17 relocated to London to gain a BMus with Honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After a few years of freelancing, playing with Big Bands such as NYJO, the Mike Garrick Jazz Orchestra and the London Jazz Orchestra, he returned to live in Scotland.
Phil graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Masters Degree in Jazz, the first qualification of it’s kind in Scotland, and is to be heard regularly with many award-winning ensembles such as the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Ken Mathieson’s CJO, and Salsa Celtica. He also leads and co-leads, and composes for, his own small group projects.
As a member of David Patrick’s International Jazz Octet, Phil participated in a short residency at Lyth at the end of May 2014.