Philip Catherine

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: October 27, 1942    

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)

  • Côté Jardin

  • Concert In Capbreton

  • Guitars Two

    Dreyfus Records
  • Meeting Colours

    Dreyfus Records
  • Summer Night

    Dreyfus Records
  • Blue Prince

    Dreyfus Jazz
  • Moods Volume I

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Guitars Two by John Kelman

Meeting Colours by Jack Bowers

Summer Night by C. Michael Bailey

Blue Prince by AAJ Staff

Blue Prince by Glenn Astarita

Guitar Groove by Ed Kopp

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