“FRANK CATALANO IS JOHN COLTRANE ENERGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY!!!” – Downbeat Magazine
Fresh off successful tours of the United States, France, England and Japan Frank Catalano is home for the holidays. Now 40 years old, Catalano is the only known saxman to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. He has also performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal.
Frank is the new Celebrity Endorser for Drambuie Scotch Liqueur and an avid connoisseur of the Club Lucky Catalano Sidecar. His 2016 recording “Bye, Bye, Blackbird” with David Sanborn, Jimmy Chamberlin, Nir Felder and Demos Petropoulos is still charting on Billboard Jazz Charts.
Grammy Award winning musician, writer, producer, and educator – Jimmy Chamberlin, as the propulsive engine driving the Smashing Pumpkins, earned respect as one of the most popular, influential drummers of the ’90s. The importance of Chamberlin’s drumming on the Pumpkins’ music cannot be understated. His extraordinarily quick hands, furious snare rolls, and crackling rimshots recalled the likes of Ian Paice and Dennis Chambers, and yet equally important to the band was his tasteful, understated playing on their quieter numbers. This oft-overlooked side of his ability revealed a musician of considerable depth and creativity with a keen ear for nuance, which made him a glove-like fit for the wide range of material the Pumpkins produced in their existence.
In addition to the Pumpkins, Chamberlin has his own project – The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex which encompasses everything from fusion to straight ahead to alternative, and is active in the Chicago Jazz Scene playing with the great tenor player Frank Catalano among many others.