Phil Streets releases a collaborative new jazz-pop album
With producer Steve Thornbrugh, Streets assembled a group of musicians from across the U.S. and Finland to record the songs for “Hypothetically, Of Course.”
Musician Phil Streets is an educator by day. He recently released a jazz-pop album.
Phil Streets has always loved jazz. It started as a child when his dad would perform with his band in their living room. Streets says he instantly fell in love with the refined harmonies and subtlety of the music. He soon started learning how to play the keys.
In the early ’80s, Streets was a member of the Tulsa-based band Fantasy that played venues throughout the region. He started writing his own compositions and eventually began using a computer to record his own music and share it.
In 2005, Streets released his first album, “Layers.” This past year, he partnered with producer Steve Thornbrugh for a new project. They assembled a group of musicians from across the U.S. and Finland to record the songs Streets wrote. Some met in the studio, but others traded audio files to complete the process.
It resulted in “Hypothetically of Course,” which Streets describes as a hybrid of jazz and pop. He played the keyboard and sang lead vocals on the album, which can be found on Amazon, iTunes and CDBaby.com. It also can be streamed on Spotify and YouTube.
“There is nothing more satisfying than to hear some great musicians interpret your music,” Streets says. “It inspires me to keep writing new songs and gets me excited to go back in the studio and record more stuff soon.”
Streets has dedicated his career to public education. He’s currently the principal at Bixby North Elementary School, and he has the option to retire after next year. He’s not sure if it will be then, but when he does retire, Streets says he will devote his time to creating more music and maybe play live again.