Chicago born Phil Ciancio began his musical journey at Maine East High School - Park Ridge, IL with saxophone, clarinet and voice.
After attending Michigan State University, he joined some of Chicago’s hot bands. One of them, The Motown Sound, was honored as the opening act for a young Stevie Wonder at the Aragon Ballroom in 1969.
Throughout the ‘70s and into the '80s, Phil toured and recorded with Buddy Raymond and The Changing Times, The Phase Four, The Lane Gang, The Paul New Show, Singing Sam and The Sparks, and The Bob Perna Revue.
In 1975 while touring as free-lance sax player in Europe, Phil had the honor of performing as a soloist in the Frankfurt ‘Blumengarten’.
In 1982 Phil ended touring throughout the U.S., taking a sabbatical from musical performance choosing to go into business for himself. After 16 years as owner/president of Mars Mold and Tool Inc. in Schaumburg IL, Phil ended that venture by selling the company in 2001.
Phil, with a renewed musical passion, returned to the "scene" in 2001. Once agian to perform as an artist/entertainer/bandleader while dedicating his efforts toward aspiring musicians as a tutor/mentor. His interpretations of "The Great American Song Book" with voice and saxes, demonstrate his vast experience and passion to demonstrate music's beauty and power.
Phil and producer Mario Massi released their “Blue Monday” album in 2009. A fusion of jazz and rock originals. A second album, “Straight From the Heart” - Mr. PC, was completed in 2012. Phil is featured with alto and soprano sax on Billy Denk's 2014 "Prairie Fire" album. And, again on Billy's 2017 album "Pieces of Light" on tenor and soprano saxes.
In addition to performing and teaching, Phil has an ongoing relationship with PJLA Music as an Artist/Endorser/Clinician for SAX DAKOTA.
On behalf of Dakota, Phil is authorized to make live presentations of their entire product line.
Phil as a Sax Dakota ambassador, performs at all venues with a SAX DAKOTA Tenor Model SDT-XR 52, a DAKOTA Alto Sax Model SDA-1000, and a DAKOTA SDSS-XG 707 Soprano Saxophone.