Philip Catherine

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Philip Catherine
Catherine at Jazz Marathon Brussels, Belgium, 2012
Catherine at Jazz Marathon
Brussels, Belgium, 2012
Background information
Born (1942-10-27) 27 October 1942 (age 77)
London, England
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1960s – present
LabelsAtlantic, Criss Cross Dreyfus, Challenge, ACT
Associated actsFocus, Larry Coryell, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
Websitewww.philipcatherine.com

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

Biography[edit]

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, Stream, in 1972. 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]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Stream (Warner Bros., 1972)
  • September Man (Atlantic, 1974)
  • Toots Thielemans/Philip Catherine & Friends (Keytone, 1974)
  • Guitars (Atlantic, 1975)
  • Twin-House with Larry Coryell (Elektra, 1977)
  • Splendid with Larry Coryell (Elektra, 1978)
  • Sleep My Love (CMP, 1979)
  • Coryell/Catherine/Kuhn Live! (Elektra, 1980)
  • Babel (Elektra, 1980)
  • End of August (Wea, 1982)
  • Catherine/Escoude/Lockwood: Trio (JMS, 1983)
  • Transparence (Inak, 1987)
  • September Sky with Hein Van de Geyn, Aldo Romano (September, 1988)
  • Oscar (Igloo, 1990)
  • I Remember You (Criss Cross, 1991)
  • Moods Volume I (Criss Cross, 1992)
  • Moods Volume II (Criss Cross, 1992)
  • Spanish Nights with Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, (Enja, 1992)
  • Teenagers with Serge Delaite, George Mraz (Marcal, 1996)
  • Live (Dreyfus, 1997)
  • Guitar Groove (Dreyfus, 1998)
  • Blue Prince (Dreyfus, 2000)
  • Triangular (A Records, 2000)
  • Summer Night (Dreyfus, 2002)
  • Meeting Colours with Bert Joris & Brussels Jazz Orchestra (Dreyfus, 2005)
  • Guitars Two (Dreyfus, 2007)
  • Concert in Capbreton with Enrico Pieranunzi, Joe Labarbera, Hein Van De Geyn (Dreyfus, 2010)
  • Philip Catherine Plays Cole Porter (Challenge, 2011)
  • Cote Jardin (Challenge, 2012)
  • New Folks with Martin Wind (ACT, 2014)
  • The String Project Live in Brussels (ACT, 2015)
  • Bex/Catherine/Romano: La Belle Vie (Sunset, 2019)
  • Manoir De Mes Reves with Paulo Morello, Sven Faller (Enja, 2019)

As sideman[edit]

With Chet Baker

  • Crystal Bells (LDH, 1983)
  • Chet's Choice (Criss Cross, 1985)
  • Strollin' (Enja, 1986)
  • Mister B. (Timeless, 1989)
  • In Bologna (Dreyfus, 1992)
  • Estate (Domino, 2015)

With Kenny Drew

With Stephane Grappelli

  • Les Valseuses (Festival, 1974)
  • Young Django (MPS, 1979)
  • Giants (MPS, 1981)
  • Stephane Grappelli (MPS, 1987)
  • Live 1992 (Birdology, 1992)

With Peter Herbolzheimer

  • Wide Open (MPS, 1973)
  • Scenes (MPS/BASF 1974)

With Joachim Kuhn

  • Hip Elegy (MPS/BASF, 1976)
  • Spring Fever (Atlantic, 1976)

With Rolf Kuhn

  • Total Space (MPS/BASF 1975)
  • Symphonic Swampfire (MPS, 1979)
  • Cucu Ear (MPS, 1980)

With Marc Moulin

  • Sam' Suffy (CBS, 1975)
  • Into the Dark (Blue Note, 2001)
  • Top Secret (Blue Note, 2001)
  • Entertainment (Blue Note, 2004)
  • Placebo Years 1971–1974 (Blue Note, 2006)
  • I Am You (Blue Note, 2007)

With Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen

  • Jaywalkin (SteepleChase, 1975)
  • Double Bass (SteepleChase, 1976)
  • Trio 1 (SteepleChase, 1978)
  • Trio 2 (SteepleChase, 1978)
  • The Viking (Pablo, 1983)
  • Art of the Duo (Enja, 1993)

With Jean-Luc Ponty

  • Open Strings (MPS/BASF 1972)
  • Ponty/Grappelli (America, 1973)
  • The Atacama Experience (Koch, 2007)

With others

References[edit]

  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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