Phil Clendeninn | Yamaha
Phil's motto: “It is all about having fun and making music…”. As a Senior Technical Sales Specialist with Yamaha since 1987, Phil Clendeninn is a gear “power user” and brings his unique ability to make difficult things possible to learn. An accomplished musician, educator and recording engineer, earning him a 2001 Grammy® Nomination for Songwriter, Best R&B Song of the Year for a song sung by Motown's Erykah Badu.
A graduate of Bronx HS of Science, and Syracuse University, he paired his first love - music - with emerging technology. As head recording engineer at NYC’s Downtown Sound, worked with legendary jazz producers John Hammond, George Avakian and Hank O’Neal. Concurrently, his jazz fusion/R&B band, Tarika Blue, recorded two albums - sampled today by artists as far-flung as the Underwolves and Badu. He’s taught Audio Engineering at the New School, as well as played/recorded with many of the best musicians: The Rolling Stones, Diana Ross, Michael Shrieve (Santana’s original drummer), guitarist Ryo Kawasaki, guitarist James Mason, bassist T.M. Stevens, and, sophisticated funk-masters Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic. You can reach Phil online at YamahaSynth.com, where he is known as: “Bad Mister”.