Ethan Philion is an award-winning Chicago based bassist, composer, and bandleader. A 2014 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Ethan has performed with renowned musicians such as Rufus Reid, Greg Ward, Dana Hall, Howard Levy, Gary Bartz, Alfonso Ponticelli, Ernest Dawkins, Brian Settles,Tim Green, Alyssa Allgood, Paul Marinaro, and more. He has played across the United States in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Millenium Park, and Severance Hall.
Ethan was selected as the winner of the 2019 International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition and was a finalist in the 2015 and 2017. In March of 2015 Ethan was selected to take part in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency at the Kennedy Center. While there he worked closely with faculty artists Jason Moran, Eric Revis, Eric Harland, Cyrus Chestnut, Carmen Lundy, Andre Hayward, and JD Allen.
Ethan studied Jazz Bass at Oberlin Conservatory from 2010—2014 under the tutelage of Peter Domingues, Gerald Cannon, Jay Ashby, Scott Dixon, and more. While at Oberlin Ethan won at Outstanding Soloist Award from Downbeat in the 2014 Student Music Awards edition. His septet also won an Outstanding Small Ensemble Award. In June, Ethan will graduate with a Masters in Music from DePaul University where he studied with Dana Hall, Dennis Carroll, Mike Allemana, Chad McCullough, and Scott Burns.
Ethan spent three years working as a bassist in DC and Baltimore with artists such as Allyn Johnson, Sharon Clark, Vince Evans, Harry Appelman, Nico Sarbanes, Elijah Balbed, Herb Scott, and more. In 2017 he moved to Chicago where he plays weekly at the Green Mill (Wednesday's) and frequently at clubs like Andy's, the Jazz Showcase, Room 43, The California Clipper, Hungry Brain, Elastic Arts, and more.