“…HER SURPRISINGLY SUBTLE VOICE IS EVOCATIVE OF JAZZ GREATS LIKE NANCY WILSON AND CARMEN MCRAE…MS. BATTLE IS AT HER BEST WHEN GIVEN THE ROOM TO OPEN UP AND ALLOW HER VERY AUTHENTIC TAKES ON JAZZ STANDARDS TO BE FULLY EXPRESSED…PHYLLIS BATTLE IS THE REAL THING.
- BK MAGAZINE: MICHAEL FRANCIS GRAY
“Phyllis Battle is an uncompromising Jazz Singer-that is clear from the evidence of her "night flight" CD. With hints of Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughn she sings some of the most musical songs with ease and panache suggesting a maturity not matched by her fame."
- Jazz Now Magazine: Al Merritt “New Sounds”
"...and singer phyllis battle, artistic director of the event, brought her own uniquely rhapsodic touch to "it don't mean a thing (if it ain't got that swing)" and "Here's to life."
- don heckman, L.A. Times Jazz Critic
Opening Act for Pancho Sanchez
Opened for Joe Williams (see excerpt following article)
"...Phyllis Battle, whose voice quality, range and phrasing closely approximates nancy wilson's, was next and impressed the audience with "funny valentine" and "work your sweet love on me" (her arrangement of whip appeal, by babyface).
Vocal Jazz Stylist
"Satin Dolls" An Original Jazz Theatre Work
Four legends brought to life by phyllis battle: Dinah Washington, sarah vaughan, nina simone and carmen mcrae to the backdrop of a jazz ensemble.
Arts Commissioner, 3rd District, Inglewood, CA
enjoying one of her newest roles in the official capacity as an arts commissioner, representing residents in the third district in this all-american, southern ca city.
Phyllis composes and performs a unique, original soundtrack to accompany a published literary work.
(vocals by phyllis battle; Co-arranger, cleve alleyne).
in her role as an arts commissioner for the city of inglewood, ca, she coordinates a special presentation and book signing featuring the author, judith c. owens-lalude at the city's main library.
her acting talents were displayed on the big screen in the starring role for the world premiere of "girl's don't do that" at the 2015 pan african film festival in los angeles, ca.
in january 2016, the film was screened at ucla as part of the annual "images of blackness" film series hosted in the ralph bunche center for african american studies.
she takes a break on the set with co-star, savannah lauth-richardson.