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Matt Phillips is a writer, musician, record executive and playwright.

His music journalism has featured in such magazines as Classic Pop and Jazzwise, where he won the inaugural Write Stuff award for jazz writing.

He is the founder of two music websites:, which focuses on the music and movies of the 1980s, and, which focuses on jazz and its related genres.

Matt’s first book Level 42: Every Album, Every Song was published in 2021, and he is currently working on a project looking at the music of John McLaughlin. Matt has been Universal Music’s jazz catalogue manager and Jazz FM’s web editor, and written the liner notes for Miles Davis, Tony Williams and Billy Cobham DVDs and CDs.

As a multi-instrumentalist, he has performed extensively in London and Europe, and co-written songs for Silver Sun.

His first play, Dreaming Of Fitzrovia, was selected for the Write On festival of new writing in 2009, and its rehearsed reading was directed by Sarah Berger and starred Malcolm Sinclair and Jeff Rawle.

Matt has attended two Arvon playwriting courses, working with writers such as Simon Stephens, Steve Waters and Rebecca Lenkiewiecz.

He is currently looking to rekindle his love of playwriting, and collaborate with a variety of people at AWL with a view to producing some work on stage.

AWL Credits


Non-AWL Credits


From Miles & Mahavishnu to The 4th Dimension: The Music Of John McLaughlin 1970-

book, due to be published in 2022

Level 42 - On Track

book, Sonicbond/Burning Shed Publishing, published March 2021. #1 Amazon Bestseller for Music Reference Books, 27 March 2021, reviews on Amazon, July 2021

Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool, Grammy-nominated DVD/Blu-ray

Liner notes

Billy Cobham’s Magic/Alivemuthaforya reissue, BGO Records

Liner notes

LA Express/Shadow Play reissue, BGO Records

Liner notes

Tony Williams’ Believe It/Million Dollar Legs/Joy Of Flying CD, BGO Records

Liner notes

Steve Khan’s Eyewitness trilogy CD, BGO Records

Liner notes

Working Week - LoveLife (live album)

Liner notes

Brussels Jazz Marathon for the Brussels tourist magazine: bthere


Musician profiles for Beyond, St. Regis Doha Hotel’s in-house magazine

including Cecile McLorin Savant, Ahmad Jamal and Christian McBride for


Girlfriend 2000

Completed 2013

Dreaming of Fitzrovia

workshops and readings with actor Nigel Planer and director Alex Summers (2009); selected for Write On festival of new writing, County Hall, London, starring Jeff Rawle and Malcolm Sinclair, directed by Sarah Berger


Dream Avenue

debut CD Including nine original compositions, playing all instruments and singing


Titus - feature film 2013

Music adviser

Ch 4 Keith Jarrett documentary The Art of Improvisation, directed by Mike Dibb

Music adviser

BBC Scotland

Script reader (2002 - 2006)

Write Stuff

Winner of inaugural Write Stuff award for new jazz writing Jazzwise magazine, London


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