Phil Yoon is a drummer from South Korea who achieved M.M. with Distinction in Jazz Performance from Longy School of Music, P. Diploma in Performance from Berklee College of Music in the USA and B.A. in English Literature from Soonchunhyang University in South Korea. He is currently an adjunct professor at Pyeongtaek University and also an endorser of Anatolian Cymbals & Aquarian Drum Heads. He is currently a CEO of GG International Jazz & Cultural Exchange Center, a director of the Korea Jazz Association and also was the director of Yongin Jazz Festival.
He has had numerous appearances on TV & Radio in South Korea and the USA and has appeared on City Line (WCVB- TV), as one of the most active Asian jazz musicians in New England in the USA. He is the main host of TV shows, Jazz and the City (Sky TV) & Phil Yoon's Jazz Story (Arte TV) in South Korea and also appeared notable TV shows such as Top Band 2 (KBS TV), EBS Space (EBS TV) & many others.
He has appeared with great artists includes Donny McCaslin, Don Braden, George Colligan, Johannes Weidenmuller, Jed Levy, Mark Gross, David Berkman, David Ephross, Bill Moring, Ron Jackson, David Smith, Greg Murphy, Dimitri Kolesnik, Charlie Kohlhase, David Bryant, George Garzone, Toru Dodo, Ron Mahdi, Tim Mayer, Rusty Scott, Jerry Secco, Joris Teepe and many others.
He's been recognized by many newspapers and magazines. As a leader, his albums titled on EMI and on BIC Music were awarded <2007 & 2012 Best Jazz Albums in Korea> by MM Jazz which is the number one jazz magazine in Korea. As a leader of a jazz group ‘Straight Ahead’, the group's album titled on Warner Music was awarded <2011 Best Jazz Album in Korea> by MM Jazz also. He released an album titled which got afro-Cuban & afro-Brazilian rhythm styles in 2019 and now is releasing new singles in a row in 2022.
He’s been a sideman of jazz bands such as ’Kwak, Yoonchan Jazz Trio’, ‘sOo's collage’, ‘Song, Junseo Trio’, and others. Pianist, Kwak, Yoonchan is an artist of the Blue Note Label. Phil Yoon was a founding member of a heavy metal group, IDEA and a rock group, Kim, Changnam & Doshiro. He’s been invited to many jazz festivals included Jarasum International Jazz Festival, Daegu International Jazz Festival, and Ulsan International Jazz Festival, Ikebukuro Jazz Festival(Japan), North Sumatra Jazz Festival(Indonesia) and others.
He is currently leading the "Ju Hyun Mi Jazz Project" with a legendary diva "Ju Hyun Mi" as a music director and producer.