Phil E Brown with Top Notch Ensemble featuring vocalist Yvonne Adams


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Top Notch Ensemble was established twenty five years ago, consisting of four multi-talented musicians. Although, performing in different groups as well as playing at local Jam Sessions, the four (4) member group has been acquainted for years.

Robert (Bob) Winters the founder of Top Notch , started with a duet, playing at cocktail lounges and private engagements. Mr.Winters had a desire to reach a broader and diverse audience; he decided to build a full sounding group. Bob, brought to the band, Phil Brown as a drummer and Band Leader, and Elijah White became the keyboardist and musical arranger for Top Notch. A bassist and a female vocalist were also added to the group.

Through hard work and dedication, Top Notch has developed into one of the hottest and ultimate performing organizations incorporating sophistication and class to their shows, performing an unlimited repertoire of music which includes, Traditional Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Gospel, Reggae, Standard and Rhythm and Blues.

Top Notch Ensemble under the directions of Phil E. Brown, have established their own Record Label, Philmoy Records, an independent recording and Production company, most recently recording is Titled: I’ve Been Around All The Time and Yeah I’m Still Playing . This versatile album is a compilation of music performed in a smooth jazz mode, Jazz, Reggae and R&B that will define periods in people’s lives. Through hard work and dedication, Top Notch adds sophistication and class to all of their shows. Top Notch goals include promoting young and upcoming talent.

Our Goals are to leave an impression on the music industry by continuing to perform and creating GOOD MUSIC!