Catherine has been on the forefront of the European jazz
scene since the sixties. His work great artists like Chet Baker,
Larry Coryell, Tom Harrell, NHOP, Stéphane Grappelli, Charles
Mingus, his unique approach and sound, his dedication to music
have been important and influential.
Catherine was born in London in 1942. Being from a musical family
(his grandfather was first violin with the London Symphony
Orchestra), he developed a musical ear from an early age. At the
age of 18 he toured Europe with Lou Bennett and in 1971 Jean-Luc Ponty asked him to join his quintet.
1974-75 he made his first records under his name, September
Man and Guitars. Jazz amateurs the world over
discovered not only a brilliant guitarist, but also a talented
composer: themes like "Homecomings" and
"Nairam" have become famous.
Catherine has played in the most prestigious concert halls, from
the Berlin Philharmonic to the Carnegie Hall, from the
Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to the Olympia and Salle Pleyel in
Paris and the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Brussels, but still loves
to play in jazzclubs from time to time, because of the direct
communication with the audience.
Catherine has received many awards, among others the
"BIRD" Prize (90), together with Stan Getz, at the
North Sea Festival and the "Django D'Or" (98) in Paris
for 'Best European Jazz Artist'.
97' Philip Catherine signed with Dreyfus Records. His first album
on this label - simply called Live (being the very first
'live' recording of his career) has been highly acclaimed by the
international press (4½ star in Down Beat, etc...). It was
followed by Guitar Groove (98), with Jim Beard on piano and keyboards, Alphonso Johnson on bass
and Rodney Holmes on drums, which features twelve superb
compositions by Philip and a beautiful rendering of
'Stardust'. The album got impressive radio airplay in the
USA and - very exceptional for a European jazz cd - it broke the
top 20 of the Gavin Jazz Chart.
album, Blue Prince (nov. 99) with the great trumpet player
Bert Joris, and with Hein Van de Geyn on bass and Hans Van Oosterhout on drums - has
received enthousiastic acclaim from the press ("Record of
the Year", in 'JazzMan' and elected among the Best albums of
the Year in many magazines and newspapers). It shows again that
Philip Catherine is one of the great jazzmusicians of our time.
as a leader:
* SEPTEMBER MAN ('75), Atlantic 40 562²
* GUITARS ('75), Atlantic 50 193
* BABEL ('80), Electra 52 244
* END OF AUGUST ('82), WeA K 58 450
* TRANSPARENCE ('86), Inakustik 8701CD
* SEPTEMBER SKY ('88), September 5106CD
* OSCAR ('88), Igloo 060CD
* I REMEMBER YOU ('90), Criss Cross 1048CD
* MOODS, vol.I ('92), Criss Cross 1060CD
* MOODS, vol.II, Criss Cross 1061CD
* Philip Catherine "LIVE" ('97), Dreyfus Jazz
* GUITAR GROOVE ('98), Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36599
* BLUE PRINCE (2000), Dreyfus Jazz FDM36614
Chet BAKER - "Baker/Catherine/Rassinfosse";
"Chet's Choice"; "Strollin"; "In
Dexter GORDON - "Something Different"
Charlie MINGUS - "Three or Four Shades of Blue"
Larry CORYELL - "Twin House";
NHO. PEDERSEN - "The Viking"; "Art of the
Stéphane GRAPPELLI - "Young Django"; "Live
Charlie MARIANO/Jasper VAN'T HOF - "Sleep my
Charlie MARIANO/Jasper VAN'T HOF/Don ALIAS -
Didier LOCKWOOD/Chr. ESCOUDE - "Trio"
Carla BLEY/Mike MANTLER - "More Movies"
Barney WILEN/Palle DANIELSSON - "Sanctuary"
Biography courtesy of:
PHILIP CATHERINE MANAGEMENT
B-1853 Grimbergen / Belgium
tel. +32 2 456 04 87
fax +32 2 460 01 36