TRISH, HANS & PHIL have a refreshing concept — three voices, tight harmonies, and great jazz interpretations of The American Songbook. Trish, Hans and Phil are one of the most innovative and entertaining groups in the Northwest today. In addition to their unique and superb musicianship, they convey a joyous and exhilarating sense of showmanship. They bring their novel approach to the classics, from Cole Porter and the Gershwins to Lennon and McCartney. With the story-line lyrics of Hans, the sultry tones of Trish, and Phil's dry wit, this exciting group combines their soaring, swinging vocals for a sound that is truly their own.
It all started in the early nineties in the little one-street town of Conway, Washington. Trish was singing at the Conway Tavern which was to become, under her direction, home of the legendary Sunday afternoon jam sessions. Musicians would come from far and wide to partake in what was perhaps the best audience for jazz in the Northwest.
Well, one day Hans and his motley crew rolled down from Bellingham to be the house band du jour. He did something to make Betty Boop (the most ardent fan of anything anywhere) laugh, and Trish knew she had found something. One thing led to another, and soon they were playing at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland every Wednesday and Thursday. During this stint, they found themselves in need of a new bass player. Enter Phil.
Hans kept saying, "I don't think this is the right guy," but once again, Trish knew they had found something. How did she know this? Hans figured it could only be all that hair she had. Nothing else made sense. Anyway, turns out Phil could sing, muscled his way into some of the vocal duets, and voila! some of the most fun any of them had been part of was happening. Hans and Phil started writing three-part vocal arrangements, Trish kept growing her hair (Hans still swears there's some connection between her talent and her hair), Betty Boop kept laughing, and after some fits and starts, they FINALLY made a recording. For fourteen years now everybody's been wanting to take them home, and now it can happen. A lot of love and sweat went into this CD. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it.