Phil Noy began his rich musical life in Tasmania. At the age of 18 he moved to Brisbane where he studied the Alto Saxophone with the legendary Tony Hobbs.
Inspired by the late Tony Hobbs, Phil developed an endless desire to explore the sound of the Saxophone. This in turn has led to an unexpected career as a Saxophone Technician. This was recently acknowledged with an invitation to Paris France to work with the world renowned ‘Selmer Paris’ Saxophone company. As well as performing alongside some of the worlds greatest musicians, Phil has proven to be the Woodwind and Brass Technician of choice for some of the worlds finest players.
Phil was recently awarded second place in the prestigious Wangaratta Jazz Festival saxophone competition and aside from being a highly active freelance Melbourne musician, recent musical collaborations include; leading the current incarnation of the Phil Noy Quartet, The Allan Browne Quintet, The Julien Wilson Quartet, Los Cabrones, The Hoodangers, Noisy Jamama and The Bennetts Lane Big Band. In 2006, Phil performed with The Harry Connick Jr Big Band.
Nominated for the Melbourne Age’s Top 100 Most Influential Melbournians for the Arts/Music, Phil is also a member of the globally successful Funk/Soul outfit The Bamboos.
As part of the 2009 Melbourne international Jazz Festival Phil recorded and performed alongside some of Australia’s finest musicians to form the Australian version of the Liberation Orchestra led by the great Bassist Charlie Haden.
To date Phil has performed, recorded and toured worldwide with many musicians including; George Garzone, Joe lovano, Betty Harris, Scott Tinkler, Ian Chaplin, Sam Keevers, Eugene Ball, Allan Browne, Sam Anning, Harry Connick Jr, Kylie Auldist, Syl Johnson, Edie Bo, Paul Williamson, Ned Goold, Andrea Keller, Ted Vining, Paul Grabowsky, Jamie Oehlers, Mark Hannaford, Aaron Choulai, Geoff Hughes, James Morrison to name a few.
It is the success of the famous Mark VI model that has widely inspired the design of the Alto Reference. Capable of giving an ample sound while keeping its roundness, characteristic of the historic models. It is a model which combines acoustic tradition and modern manufacturing. It is equipped with a bell slightly longer to open the low notes and produce a better tuning.