Artist: Frank Catalano

Album: Bye Bye Blackbird

Release Date: 2016-04-26

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about the album



For about twenty-five years, Frank Catalano has been billed as a "young, up-and-coming, prodigy" saxophonist cut in this Chicago tenor tradition. But a musician can only retain the "young prodigy" title for so long. Now 39 years old and a fixture in Chicago's music scene, such as through his weekly late-night gig at the legendary Green Mill, Catalano has assumed his rightful place as a torchbearer of the great Chicago tenor saxophone tradition.

Catalano's instantly recognizable, powerful and dynamic tenor playing -- yet at the same time nimble and thoughtful -- is on full display on his upcoming May 27 release, Bye Bye Blackbird. To stay true to his Chicago roots, the album pays homage to his heroes and mentors Von Freeman -- affectionately known throughout Chicago as Vonski -- and Eddie Harris.

Featuring Frank Catalano, Jimmy Chamberlin, David Sanborn, Nir Felder and Demos Petropoulos.

about the artist

Frank 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 appeared on three Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny's Child, and John Legend. He recently performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal. No stranger to adversity, Frank lost his right middle finger in an automobile accident. After several surgeries and tremendous effort, Catalano relearned his signature technique and is touring consistently.