A producer and Vice President of Catalog and Jazz A&R at Concord Music Group, Nick Phillips has worked on hundreds of internationally-distributed releases–from critically acclaimed new recording projects featuring jazz icons Bob Berg, Randy Brecker, Jimmy Bruno, Gary Burton, Joey DeFrancesco, Jon Hendricks, Marian McPartland, Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, and Poncho Sanchez, to reissues spotlighting music legends Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Booker T. & the MGs, Art Blakey, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Vince Guaraldi, Coleman Hawkins, Little Richard, Thelonious Monk, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins, The Staple Singers, Sarah Vaughan, and many others. Several Phillips-produced recording projects have garnered GRAMMY ® nominations along the way, including new-millennium releases by acclaimed jazz vocal artists Karrin Allyson and Nnenna Freelon.
Bay area native Cava Menzies hails from a long line of musical talents; her grandmother, a pioneer in the New York Jazz scene as a dancer at the Cotton Club, her father, Eddie Henderson, an accomplished jazz trumpeter and early member of the Herbie Hancock sextet, and her mother a classically trained flautist. Cava is a classically trained jazz pianist who has performed throughout the Bay Area and abroad. In 2001, Cava received a BA from the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she studied jazz piano and music education. In 2008, Cava received her MM from the University of Miami where she studied composition and music production and recording.
Cava is a member of the bossa nova and standards duo CAVALISA which is comprised of Cava Menzies (Piano, Vocals) and Lisa Forkish (Lead Vocals). The music of CAVALISA is infused with lilting vocal harmonies, lush chordal textures, lyrical piano melodies, and a rich palette of percussion and drums. Their first album, "Vast Is The Sky", was released in January of 2013. Cava has performed with CAVALISA and her own Cava Menzies quintet at Yoshis Oakland, Yoshis SF, the 57th St. Gallery, 1400 Fillmore, the Oakland Museum, The Den at the Fox, the Cadillac Hotel SF, Piedmont Piano Co., and for both KCSM and KPFA radio stations.
Cava remains a founding faculty member and teacher at the Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) where she chairs the Vocal Music Department. Through her work at OSA, Cava has led three concert tours to Italy, Puerto Rico, and New Orleans. As well, Cava's directing and arranging work have been featured at the Inauguration of California Governor Jerry Brown and for President Barack Obama's visit to the Fox Theatre Oakland in July, 2012.