Bassist Phil Ravita works in the Mid-Atlantic region as a free-lance musician and fronts his own jazz group. He is a member of The DC, Baltimore and New York Musician's Unions, The Baltimore Composer’s Forum, and the Baltimore Jazz Alliance. He is on faculty in the Department of Music at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore teaching applied lessons on bass and all string instruments, ensembles and classroom courses. He is also on faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland in the Creative Arts Division teaching applied lessons as well as private lessons in jazz theory.
Phil plays various styles of music in small and large ensembles. He has performs in orchestras as principal bassist, big bands, musical theatre and has performed for the Maryland Arts Festival. He has shared the concert stage with guest artists who include Bobby Shew, Jimmy Heath Claudio Roditi and Gabrielle Goodman, Diane Hoffman, Joyce Scott, Ruby Glover Scott Wenholdt and Steve Wilson. He also appears regularly in DC accompanying other guest artists.
He played a reception for Wayne Shorter and John Patitucci and has performed at Mid-Atlantic College Jazz Orchestra and at the Annual Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival.
His efforts also include performances at Artscape, performance with the touring company of "Grease," the East Coast Jazz Festival, Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival, An Die Musik, Germanos, Buddy's Jazz Club, The Haven Place, Cordeiia Street Cafe, Dahlak Jazz Club, Joe Squared, Lexington Market and Night of 100 Elvis’s.
The Phil Ravita Jazz Group performed at Lexington Market and was favorably reviewed by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance in their monthly newsletter. Mr. Ravita's compositions have featured in showcase concerts sponsored by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and in showcase concerts by the Baltimore Composer’s Forum.
His composition “Hard at Work” was featured at the showcase sponsored by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance in conjunction with the Baltimore Composer’s Forum. His piece sepia was featured in the Baltimore Jazz Alliance's second Jazz Composer's Showcase. His compositions “In the Back Door” and “Blue Sunshine" received awards in the 14th Annual Billboard International Song Contest.
Mr. Ravita’s composition “AHAMAY” was chosen for inclusion on the Baltimore Jazz Alliance’s first compilation CD, "Jazzscapes." His composition, "A Kiss Goodbye," was chosen for the latest compilation CD, "Jazzscapes II".
Several of his Blues compositions have received airplay on the Dr. Lou Radio Show on WNJC 1360 AM in Philadelphia. His compositions are also featured on the following Internet Radio Broadcasts: Umbrella Radio Broadcast, Well Rounded Radio, The Song Writers Network and The Horizon Network.
His jazz suite "Messages" was performed as a part of the Ars Nova concert series sponsored by the Goucher College Music Department and the Baltimore Composers Forum. Other compositions by Mr. Ravita have been published in the Baltimore Real Book. His jazz group was selected as a finalist in the Inaugural Chick Webb Jazz Combo competition at Artscape. His jazz group has also performed historical jazz concerts as a part of the annual Free Fall Baltimore Events and at An Die Musik.
Mr. Ravita performed a concert of his original and works by other jazz musicians that was sponsored by the Baltimore Composers Forum in conjunction with the Baltimore Music Club. He performed a concert of original local music that was held at An Die Musik in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Ravita performed some of his works as a part of the Subtle Sessions Concert Series sponsored by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance.