He’s in your backyard, Chicago, and has been for all of his 23 years. In fact, Frank Catalano started hanging out in bars when he was just 16 –talk about a rebel – playing with jazz greats such as Louie Bellson and Charles Earland. Frank was still only 16 when he joined Tony Bennett’s band and has since played with a glittery array of musicians that would make Marilyn Monroe swoon.
With only fifteen years having passed since he first picked up the tenor sax, he has released three CD’s. As expected, each offering is unique in its compositions and its supporting musicians. Having recently graduated for DePaul University, Frank appropriately majored in Composition.
Frank is now ready to release yet another CD at the end of this month. A straight-up Jazz, high energy, rollicking CD featuring double-Grammy winning trumpeter, Randy Brecker. And if that name doesn’t make you sit up, then maybe you should check out who else is on this one: seven-time Grammy award-winning drummer extraordinaire, Paul Wertico, Larry Novak on piano, and one of the city’s finest bass players, Eric Hochberg.
Live at the Green Mill, recorded at the infamous Green Mill in Chicago, will be released at the Green Mill itself this coming Friday, November 30th, with a follow-up show the next day, Saturday, December 1st.
Leave it to Frank to always be one step ahead, as you can expect to see another release in early April off Premonition/Blue Note. Tuna Town will take it all to the next level with his band, the Frank Catalano Band. But I wouldn’t want to spoil you too much. For now, I suggest you bathe in the richness of Live at the Green Mill and open yet another treasure chest of tunes this spring.
Look for the Frank Catalano Band to be appearing at Wise Fools Pub in Chicago on Dec. 22nd!
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