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

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.


B-Jazz International Contest - Belgium.

European Keep an Eye Contest - Holland.

Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Prize.


Phil Meadows'

Beware of

the bear


 Phil Meadows - Sax/electronics //

Michael De Souza - Guitar //

Joe Downard - Bass //

Jay Davis - Drums //


Not everybody who's warm and cuddly are the way they appear to be! Beware of the Bear is the brainchild of multi-award winning UK saxophonist Phil Meadows. Recognised as one of the most distinctive, create 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.

Working closely with electronic artist Nick Tyson (Gentleman's Dub Club/XOA) and producer Mikko Gordon (Thom Yorke, Kamasi Washington and Nitin Sawhney) this new project showcases an important wave of British talent. Exploring 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.

Release plan:

Autumn 2018 or Spring 2019.

Looking for: A fun, friendly and ambitious working partnership // Distribution in the UK and targeting touring countries in EU // Access to streaming playlist/curators on major platforms // Strong PR and marketing across targeted countries.

Touring plan:

Autumn 2018: 6 UK + 4 EU dates // Spring 19:  6 UK + 8 EU dates // Summer 19: 8 UK/EU festivals.

Looking for: A fun, friendly and ambitious working partnership // Collaborative building and planning of touring strategy // Assistance in securing EU dates in target countries // Consolidation of better/bigger UK venues.

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 Performance Highlights:

SAXOPHONE - Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band.

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

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

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

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

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

SECTION LEADER: National Youth Jazz Orchestra 2012-2014.