Phil Meadows' Beware of the bear

Touring Spring/Summer 2019.

 'A great stage presence and an unforgettable instrumental style... Meadows has a formidable reputation as an innovative composer'   - JAZZWISE MAGAZINE

★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ Jazzwise ★★★★ All About Jazz

Press Release

Beware of the Bear is the brainchild of multi-award winning UK saxophonist Phil Meadows. Recognised as one of the most distinctive, creative  and talented young musicians in Europe; his music is inspired by global sounds combining jazz elements with classical, hip-hop, electronica, contemporary music and more.

With the UK, USA and other parts of the world divided equally by their current political situations Beware of the Bear highlights the importance of peace between people, respect for each other and brings you a performance of unity and positivity, celebrating the beauty of human kind.

The band name pays tribute to the great Brown Bear, an animal often featured in childrens tales as a friend and companion but in reality a deadly beast of nature with a killer instinct.  Beware of the Bear draw direct comparison to key public and political figures by stating that; not everybody who's warm and cuddly are the way they appear to be!

Working closely with electronic artist Nick Tyson (Gentleman's Dub Club/XOA) and producer Mikko Gordon (Thom Yorke/Matthew Herbert) Meadows' latest  project showcases an important wave of British talent as they explore new musical relationships and fresh influences. You’ll hear soaring melodies, atmospheric soundscapes and head-nodding grooves as Meadows’ new sounds tip influence towards the music of Go-Go Penguin, Donny McCaslin, Tigran, Bill Laurance, Portico Quartet and more.

Live Band: Phil Meadows - Sax/electronics // Michael De Souza - Guitar // Joe Downard - Bass // Jay Davis - Drums.


Phil's Press Coverage:

 'A great stage presence and an unforgettable instrumental style.'
'Meadows has a formidable reputation as an innovative composer' 


'Inventive and expressive' - THE GUARDIAN


‘The versatile and likeable Meadows is one of the most promising emerging jazz talents that we have’


★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ Jazzwise ★★★★ All About Jazz

UK Tour - Spring 18

Pizza Express Jazz Club - London

250 SOLD: Southport Jazz Festival 

SOLD OUT: The Lescar - Sheffield

SOLD OUT: Matt and Phred's - Manchester

SOLD OUT: JATP - Bradford

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club - London

The Storey - Lancaster

       UK Tour - AUTUMN 17

SOLD OUT: Jazz at the Crypt - London

Conscia Jazz Festival

SOLD OUT: Cambridge Jazz Festival

SOLD OUT: Davenham Players Theatre

Wakefield Jazz Club

Leeds College of Music (Workshop)

HEART - Leeds (Gig)

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club - London

Phil's Awards:

Parliamentary Jazz Award -Newcomer of the Year.

London Music Award - Rising Jazz Star.

Parliamentary Jazz Award - Ensemble of the Year.

Peter Whittingham Jazz Award.

George Murphy Prize for Saxophone.

Finalist: B-Jazz International Contest - Belgium.

Finalist: European Keep an Eye Contest - Holland.

Finalist: Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Prize.


PHIL's Performance Highlights:

SAXOPHONE - Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band

Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim, Brussels Flagey, Barbican.

CONDUCTOR: Dave Maric's Decade Zero - Phronesis +  Engines Orchestra.

EFG London Jazz Fesitval, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, BBC Radio 3, Mezzo TV. 

ORCHESTRATOR/CONDUCTOR - The Music of Ingrid Jensen w/ Engines Orchestra.

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

COMPOSER/SAXOPHONIST: Gateshead International Jazz Festival commission. Royal Northern Sinfonia + Jambone Big Band + Phil Meadows Group.

Sage Gateshead - Hall One.

BANDLEADER: Phil Meadows' Beware of the Bear - UK Tours 2018 + 2017.

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Cambridge Jazz Festival, Pizza Express Jazz Club. Bedford Jazz Festival, OPEK Leuven.

SAXOPHONE/ORCHESTRAL MD: Femi Temowo - The Music is the Feeling - 2016-18.

Love Supreme Jazz Festival, London African Music Festival, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Rich Mix, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, BBC Radio 3.

BANDLEADER: Phil Meadows Group - UK Tours 2015 + 2013.

Gateshead International Jazz Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Scarborough Jazz Festival.

SECTION LEADER: National Youth Jazz Orchestra 2012-2014.

BBC Prom's, Snape Maltings, Sage Gateshead - Hall One.