Philip Lassiter"My cannonball trumpet is the best horn I've ever played." ~ Philip Lassiter
BioPhilip Lassiter’s contribution and relevance to the music industry is as diverse and celebrated as he is. The highlights of his impressive career includes production and arranging work for six GRAMMY winning projects with Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin in addition to working as section-leader, arranger and trumpeter for Prince. Lassiter is known as a sought-after songwriter and jazz musician as well as the musical genius behind the funk group Philthy. This multi-instrumental vocalist brings a broad array of performance ability and genre knowledge to the table.
Two decades of gospel, soul, R&B, funk, jazz and salsa sounds have served as a combined muse for Lassiter. Eight years in Dallas, TX brought these inspirations to life, and all the while under the wing of some of the most talented musicians and producers in the world. Bernard Wright, Bobby Sparks, Keith Anderson and many others opened new musical doors and further expanded his notoriety in the gospel and funk industry. As an arranger with multi-platinum artists including Prince, Fantasia, Kelly Rowland, Roberta Flack, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Al Jarreau, Anthony Hamilton, Frankie Beverly, Ledisi, Regina Belle, Donald Lawrence and hundreds of others, Lassiter scooped four GRAMMY Awards and gained due respect as one of the premier horn section arrangers in the business.
Several years in Nashville further diversified Lassiter’s musical portfolio. While there, he worked with the legendary producer Tommy Sims, performed and arranged the music of former Columbia Records country artist Shelly Fairchild, performed numerous awardsshows in town including the Dove Awards, The Stellars, and performed with My Morning Jacket at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. While in Nashville, Lassiter also formed his funk group Philthy. The talent Philip gathered for Philthy was representative of his working relationships with the best players and performers in both Nashville and New York. Now based in DC, he currently leads an 11-piece horn section for Prince and tours nationally and internationally for both Prince and the Philthy ensemble.
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