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Artwork created by: Shannon Perkinson,
St. Charles East High School Student
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Frank Catalano at The Filling Station Pub & Grill
Thursday, September 11 at 7pm
Chicago-born sax player Frank Catalano has 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… and he did so while still in high school!
By age eighteen Catalano had his first record contract, with Chicago’s Delmark Records which led to a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world, thanks in part to three Grammy-winning and eleven Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. More recently, he has performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal, and had two successful albums: Bang!, on the Savoy label, which debuted at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts, and his previous CD, Mighty Burner, which was on the Billboard Charts for twenty straight weeks.
No stranger to adversity, Catalano lost his right middle finger in an automotive mishap. After several surgeries and much effort, Catalano relearned his signature technique, making him one of the most in-demand young musicians today. An entrepreneur, Catalano has patented a device that allows him to control his saxophone via MIDI components.
Catalano is also a spokesperson/clinician/performing artist for companies such as Yamaha, Rico/D’Addario, and JodyJazz, and can be seen in print ads worldwide. Catalano’s songs have been used in the ad campaigns of Motorola, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Budweiser as well as numerous TV and film productions.
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