Philip Catherine

Born: October 27, 1942    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Philip Catherine

Philip 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.

Philip 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. He took up the guitar after having discovered Brassens and Django Reinhardt, and started listening to all the great jazzmen of the period. Very soon he had the opportunity to meet some of them, and often accompanied them when they played in Belgium where his family had moved to by then....
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Philip Catherine has received many awards, among others the "BIRD" Prize (90), together with Stan Getz, at the North Sea Festival, the “Django D’Or” (98) in Paris for ‘Best European Jazz Artist’, the ZAMU ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ (2001) and ‘Best Musician’ (2002). In 2002 he received the title “Maestro Honoris Causa” from the Antwerp Conservatory (title which has been given previous years to reputed artists like Jos van Immerseel, Sigiswald Kuijken and Toots Thielemans).
Concert in CapBreton : « If you're a Philip Catherine fan, you will need this recording, and if you haven't heard him before, this album will have you hooked. Charlie Mingus once called Philip the “young Django,” and he performed regularly with Stephane Grappelli - he is a true gypsy jazz treasure, and this is one his major achievements. . »

« Dans son nouvel album, Philip Catherine fait preuve d’un jeu de guitare à la sensibilité légendaire et d’une créativité musicale exceptionnelle. » (Romain Decoret - Guitarist, 5/2010)

« Concert in Capbreton » : CHOC (Jazzmagazine/Jazzman, 5/2010)

« Guitars Two : « CHOC » “Une pure merveille. » (Félix Marciano - JazzMan, 2/2008)

« Tout simplement un des plus beau disques de guitare de la rentrée! » (Guitarist Acoustic, 2/2008)

Guitars Two. « Few musicians can make a guitar sing as Philip Catherine does » (Thierry Quénum, 2008)

« Il y a longtemps que les amateurs du premier cerle le savent, avec Guitars Two, cela se saura bien audelà : Philip Catherine est un très grand guitariste… Ce disque est une soie, belle, chatoyante, enveloppante… La guitare dans les mains de Philip Catherine, se souvient qu’elle est femme, le jazz, qu’il est mélodie. » (Michel Contat - Télérama, 2/2008)

„Eine hervorragende neue CD. Eine ganz neue Facette seiner beeindruckenden Musikalität.“ (JAZZTHING, 2/2008)

PHILIP CATHERINE – Selected Discography as a leader : * STREAM (’70) Warner 46049 * SEPTEMBER MAN (‘75) Atlantic 40 562 * 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 * MOODS, vol.I (’92) Criss Cross 1060 * MOODS, vol.II Criss Cross 1061CD * Philip Catherine “LIVE” (97) Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36587 * GUITAR GROOVE (98) Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36599 * BLUE PRINCE (2000) Dreyfus Jazz FDM36614 * SUMMER NIGHT (2002) Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36637 * MEETING COLOURS (4/2005) Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36675 * GUITARS TWO (1/2008) Dreyfus Jazz FDM 46050 * CONCERT in CAPBRETON (4/2010) Dreyfus Jazz FDM 369412 and with : Chet BAKER : “Baker/Catherine/ Rassinfosse” Igloo 034CD “Chet’s Choice” Criss Cross 1016 CD “Strollin” Enja 5005CD “In Bologna, Live” Dreyfus 191 133-2 Stéphane GRAPPELLI:“ Young Django” MPS 15510 “Live 1992” Birdology 517392-2 “Grappelli/Ponty/Catherine” America 6139 Larry CORYELL : “Twin House” Atlantic 50 342 “Splendid” Electra 52 986 N.H.O. PEDERSEN : “The Viking” Pablo 2310 894 “Art of the Duo” Enja8016-2 Dexter GORDON: “Something Different” Steeple Chase Scs 1136 Charlie MINGUS : “Three or Four Shades of Blue” Atlantic SD 1700 Charlie MARIANO/Jasper Van ‘t Hof : “Sleep my Love” Contemp LC 6055CD MARIANO/Van ‘t Hof /Don ALIAS : “Operanoia” (’96) Intuition 3158 2 Didier LOCKWOOD/Chr. ESCOUDE : “Trio” JMS 031 Carla BLEY/Mike MANTLER : More Movies” Watt 10A/1A Michaël GIBBS “The Only Chrome Waterfall Orch” Bronze BR 2012 Barney WILEN/Palle DANIELSSON :“Sanctuary” IDA 029CD Jacques PELZER “Tribute to the Band Box” Igloo 106 Emmanuel BEX/Aldo ROMANO : “Trios” SOLEDAD “Passage – the music of F. Devreese” EMI/Virgin Classics and many others ….

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