As the only child of late keyboardist Manfredo Fest and singing composer and educator Lili Galiteri Fest, guitarist/vocalist Phill Fest (phillfest.com) practically had no choice. The 45-year-old Minneapolis native, who’s lived in West Palm Beach since 2001, was predestined to play.
Manfredo was a successful session musician and musical director for Bossa Rio, the Brazilian group that opened for Sergio Mendes’ meteoric Brasil ‘66 band for three years. That, combined with his Brazilian mother’s influence, helped seal Fest’s fate as a successful Brazilian jazz player.
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