Phyllis Tagg - Long Island New York Pianist-Vocalist- graduate of High School of Performing Arts & Boston’s Berklee School of Music
Phyllis is most noted and praised for her dynamic performances throughout the 1960’s in Manhattan’s most renowned night clubs and supper clubs including, The Living Room, The Toast, The Apartment , The Plaza, The Rainbow Room as well as Jilly’s ,where Frank Sinatra was a regular customer and fan..! Phyllis has also made a splash across Long Island in the 70’s & 80’s… In frequent appearance, winning the hearts of audiences at well-known venues such as Maple Manor, Le Baron and Trade Wind
In 1980 – 2010 Phyllis’s ‘Jazz Inspired’ vocal and piano style became in much demand within the ‘High- End’ country club circuit. She was no doubt considered one of the most virtuous and ‘up-scale entertainers’ at many affairs spanning from The Fox Hollow, Shelter Rock, Mutton Town and North Hills Country Club… She is touted for her ‘Jazz Influenced’ musicianship, arrangements & song stylization... consistently delivering exciting performances with a ‘tasteful flair’ and ‘warmhearted stage presence’… Her dedication and musical finesse has richly enhanced many elegant affairs for over 30 years..! And continues to be held in high prestige amongst the most affluent Long Island Restaurants & private parties… Phyllis is featured as a special guest at many local functions and benefits including; The Suffolk Y, Gurwin Assisted Living, Atrias-Huntington Terrace and the Northport Veterans Hospital... For a remarkable 25 years, Phyllis has had the honor of being selected as the annual entertainer of choice at the Bronx County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Inc.; As well as the National Association of Police Chaplains Inc.
Phyllis has most recently been an avid entertainer at The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center and has enriched many ‘sell-out’ audiences and fans with her ‘powerful vocals & song stylizing’ in collaboration with the Tommy Manuel Big Band as well as with her own ‘Trio’. Back by popular demand..! She is currently preparing to thrill her fans once again with a brand new program to be announced in an upcoming showcase..!
Phyllis has made an indelible impression upon us by gracing her timeless musicianship; with a voice that is smooth like ‘velvet’ this woman has an incredible sense of song interpretation and expressive delivery that is rare..! In addition, her piano accompaniment is uniquely skillful and downright outstanding… Combined into a woven tapestry, Phyllis displays an ease in her ability to flow tempos and phrase with freedom of scat singing precision, comfortably seasoned and poised with feeling that is deep and sincere. With knack for selecting material that feature a true connection in each and every intimate performance.
Phyllis Tagg has shined brightly throughout her career, sharing her love for music with a delightful appeal; her undeniable talent continues to bring a smile upon many faces, as she remains dedicated to her craft, she is the consummate Entertainer.
Phyllis Tagg lives life to the fullest…! She has a beautiful spirit that shines through her eyes so joyfully..! Phyllis has had the fortune of meeting her true soul mate and love of her life .They married in 2011 and they have a shared a mutual passion for the ‘fine arts’ and ‘travel’. They both adore the Opera, Big Band Jazz and are known to be ‘in step’ with one another while they dance across the floor, especially inspired by Latin style dancing...
Phyllis Tagg was born into a musical family. Both grandfathers were symphony musicians. On her mother’s side, Antonio Levane played double bass at the Metropolitan Opera House under the direction of Arturo Toscanini. On her father’s side, Thomas Taglialovoro was first clarinetist in the famous Goldman Band. Her mother Carolyn Tagg was a concert pianist and her father Nick Tagg was a Jazz pianist & studio musician with such accomplishments including accompaniments and arrangements for some of our most legendary performers including... Sarah Vaughn, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme' and countless others.
Carrying on a family tradition, Phyllis Tagg has no doubt followed in her father’s footsteps; she began accompanying herself and working gigs at the age of 18. And to this day still uses her father’s arrangements on select songs for Big Band such as… “Satin Doll, “Watch What Happens”, “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?”, & “Moonlight in Vermont
*Phyllis Tagg was singing before she could even speak..!!
* At the age of three she was scat singing… True story that occurred in midst of her father’s coaching session with the well-known Jane Harvey..!!
* Some of Phyllis’s favorite songs to perform… “How do You Keep the Music Playing” & “Twisted” (which highlights her true “Jazz roots” with flawless scat singing...)