Philip Catherine

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Philip Catherine
Brussels Jazz Marathon 2012 - Philip Catherine Quartet (7272168872).jpg
Catherine at Jazz Marathon
Brussels, Belgium, 2012
Background information
Born (1942-10-27) 27 October 1942 (age 76)
London, England
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1960s – present
LabelsDreyfus, Criss Cross, Warner Bros.
Associated actsFocus

Philip Catherine (born 27 October 1942) is a Belgian jazz guitarist.


Philip Catherine in Montreux, Switzerland, 1980
Photograph by Patty Mooney
Philip Catherine, International Jazz Festival, Prague, Lucerna Music Hall, 21 October 1984

Philip Catherine was born in London to an English mother and Belgian father and was raised in Brussels. His grandfather played violin in the London Symphony Orchestra. Catherine started on guitar in his teens, and by seventeen he was performing professionally at local venues.[1][2]

He released his debut album, Steam, in 1970. During the next few years, he studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and with Mick Goodrick and George Russell. In 1976, he and guitarist Larry Coryell recorded and toured as an acoustic duo. The following year he recorded with Charles Mingus, who dubbed him "Young Django". In the early 1980s, he toured briefly with Benny Goodman. He was in trio with Didier Lockwood and Christian Escoudé, then in a trio with Chet Baker. During the 1990s, he recorded three albums with trumpeter Tom Harrell.[1]

Catherine has also worked with Lou Bennett, Kenny Drew, Dexter Gordon, Stéphane Grappelli, Karin Krog, Paul Kuhn, Sylvain Luc, Michael Mantler, Charlie Mariano, Palle Mikkelborg, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Enrico Rava, Toots Thielemans, and Miroslav Vitous.[1]



As co-leader[edit]

Trio with Charlie Mariano & Jasper van 't Hof

  • 1974: Transitory (MPS)
  • 1974: Cascade (Keytone)
  • 1975: 15 (Horo)
  • 1976: The Door Is Open (MPS)
  • 1979: Sleep My Love (CMP)
  • 1996: Operanoia (Intuition)
  • 2009: The Great Concert (Enja)

Duo with Chet Baker

Duo with Larry Coryell

  • 1977: Twin-House (Elektra)
  • 1978: Splendid (Elektra)

Trio with Kenny Drew & Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen

Trio with Larry Coryell & Joachim Kühn

  • 1980: Live! (Elektra)

Trio with Didier Lockwood & Christian Escoude

  • 1983: Trio (JMS)

Trio with Jean-Louis Rassinfosse & Chet Baker

  • 1985: Crystal Bells (Igloo)

Duo with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen

  • 1983: The Viking (Pablo)
  • 1992: Spanish Nights (Enja)
  • 1993: Art of the Duo (Enja)

Duo with Bert Joris


With Lou Bennett & Jack Sels

  • 1961: Jack Sels (IBC)

With Jean-Luc Ponty

  • 1971: Open Strings (MPS)

With Klaus Weiss

  • 1971: I Just Want to Celebrate (BASF)
  • 1971: Sunbirds (BASF)

With Jean-Luc Ponty & Stéphane Grappelli

  • 1973: Ponty – Grappelli (America)

With Toots Thielemans

With Marc Moulin

  • 1974: Placebo (Harvest)
  • 1975: Sam' Suffy (CBS)
  • 2001: Top Secret (Blue Note)
  • 2004: Entertainment (Blue Note)

With Peter Herbolzheimer

  • 1974: Scenes (MPS)
  • 1976: Wide Open (MPS)

With Karin Krog

  • 1974: You Must Believe in Spring (MR5)

With Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen

With Rolf Kühn

  • 1975: Total Space (MPS)

With John Lee & Gerry Brown

  • 1975: Mango Sunrise (Blue Note)

With Michael Gibbs

  • 1975: The Only Chrome Waterfall Orchestra (Bronze)

With Dexter Gordon Quartet

With Passport

  • 1975: Doldinger Jubilee '75 (Atlantic)

With Joachim Kühn

  • 1976: Springfever (Atlantic)
  • 1976: Hip Elegy (MPS)

With Focus

  • 1976: Live at BBC (Hux)
  • 1978: Con Proby (Harvest)

With Larry Coryell

  • 1976: Twin House (Atlantic)
  • 1977: Back Together Again (WEA)
  • 1978: Splendid (Elektra)

With Charles Mingus

  • 1977: Three or Four Shades of Blue (Atlantic SD)

With NDR

  • 1977: Jazz Workshop (NDR)

With Carla Bley & Mike Mantler

  • 1979: More Movies (Watt)

With Stéphane Grappelli

  • 1979: Young Django (MPS)
  • 1992: Live (Birdology)

With Zbigniew Seifert

  • 1979: We'll Remember Zbiggy (Mood)

With Chet Baker

With Aldo Romano

  • 1983: Alma Latina (Owl)

With Jean-Claude Petit

  • 1987: Salopes !! Vent De Panique (Milan)

With the European Jazz Ensemble

  • 1989: Live at the Philarmonic, Köln (M.A Music)

With Maurane

With Freddie Deronde

  • 1990: Spontaneous Effort (Igloo)

With Richard Galliano

  • 1991: New Musette (Label Bleu)

With Barney Wilen & Palle Danielsson

  • 1991: Sanctuary (IDA)
  • 1993: Le Grand Cirque (Wan)

With Diederik Wissels & David Linx

  • 1993: If One More Day (Les Disques du Crépuscul)

With Erkan Ogur

  • 1993: Fretless (EFA)

With Jacques Pelzer

  • 1993: Salute to the Box (Igloo)

With Laila Dalseth

  • 1995: A Woman's Institution (GM)

With Marcia Maria

  • 1995: Passion (Igloo)

With Ivan Paduart

  • 1995: White Nights

With Aziza Mustafa Zadeh

  • 1996: Jazziza (Columbia)

With Baruti Trio @ 4

  • 1996: Ndugu Yangu

With Emmanuel Bex & Aldo Romano

  • 1998: Trio (Criss Cross)

With Robert Wyatt

  • 1997: Shleep (Hanibal)

With Orion

With Enrico Pieranunzi

  • 2000: Alone Together (Challenge)

With Joan Reinders

  • 2000: Millennium Triangular Jazz Orchestra

With Oliver Strauch

  • 2000: Short Stories (Mons)

With Julien Clerc

With Soledad

  • 2006: Passage (Virgin)


  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 43. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  2. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Philip Catherine". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 June 2017.

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