In this episode, Jaimie talks to trumpeter / arranger / producer and 11x GRAMMY winner Phil Lassiter about his education in Dallas, his current life in the Netherlands, and his experience working closely with Prince.
We’re back! In this episode, trumpeter / arranger / producer and 11x GRAMMY winner Phil Lassiter talks to us from the Netherlands, where he and his family have lived for almost a year. After college, he moved to Texas for a job, and as he says, that’s when he truly felt like “school was in session,” musically speaking. He tells me about how he met Michael League and the origins of Snarky Puppy, growing up in the gospel scene and recording/arranging with Kirk Franklin, and what is was like working with the late Justin Townes Earle.
Phil spent a few years touring with Prince and was in charge of putting together an 11-piece horn section, and he gave me the details on the audition process and what it was like working with the Purple One. (If you’re into stories about Prince, this episode is for you.)
We also discuss his forthcoming album, “Live in Love,” and how it came to feature musical legends like TOTO’s David Paich and Juan Luis Guerra. We also share a clip of “Sugar Coat Me (ft. Durand Bernarrr), the latest single off the LP.
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