Phil Scragg has been a professional musician for 25 years and in that time has worked with numerous top recording artists ranging from the sublime (Robert Plant) to the ridiculous (Norman Wisdom). He is currently playing in award-winning jazz-fusion band ‘Sax Appeal’ with Derek Nash (featured in the Jools Holland band), and world music fusion band ‘Just East’, which has just released its fifth album, ‘House of Leaves’, incorporating world, classical and jazz influences.
Phil also performs with David Migden and the Twisted Roots, who are an exciting electric five piece, performing unique original material in a genre-busting crossover of rock, blues and twisted American roots. Gigs across London and the Southeast followed at venues such as The Jazz Cafe, Dean Street Pizza Express, Ronnie Scott’s, the Borderline, and the American Embassy. The band members have played with many other internationally renowned artists including Robert Plant, James Brown, Corinne Bailey Rae, Snowboy, Matt Berry, Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Andy Newmark (Sly & the Family Stone, Roxy Music, John Lennon, Bowie), and have gained a reputation for putting on fantastic shows that focus on David’s incredible songs.
‘Killing It’, the band’s second album was released in August 2012 to an amazing critical reception. Phil has received many accolades for his mixing and production ideas on the album. The band’s reputation has been growing with radio play across the UK, Europe and the US. They recently won the prestigious New Brunswick ‘Battle of the Blues’ and appeared at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Canada in Sept 2013, receiving great critical aclaim. David Migden has also been nominated in the British Blues Awards 2013 for best singer and best original song (‘Shel’).
The band have received two more awards from Blues Matters magazine, Best Band and Best Newcomers’. In April 2014 they represented the UK at The European Blues Challenge in Riga, Latvia where they came third.
The band released their third album ‘Animal & Man’ in March 2014
Web Site – www.davidmigden.com
Phil played bass on Robert Plant’s album ‘Now and Zen’ – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/now-and-zen-remastered/id254187383
Phil also plays in a New Orleans style funk band called ‘Big Easy Funk’ with many of the other MusicStation tutors.
Funk medley –
Phil currently plays bass for Matt Berry and the Maypoles. Matt Berry is actor/ comedian who has stared in shows such as the ‘Mighty Boosh’, ‘Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place’, and ‘The IT Crowd’. Phil has toured with Matt Berry to support the new album ‘Kill The Wolf’ (Acid Jazz 2013).
‘Snuff Box’, Matt Berry –
‘Live and Let Die’ –
‘Just East’ Web Site – http://www.justeast.co.uk/just_east_home.html
Phil is also active as a producer and writer. He also specialises in teaching music technology. This is a remix Phil did of ‘Blues’ by David Migden and the Dirty Words.