Concert and Workshop with Tenor Saxophonist Frank Catalano and his
Chicago-based Quintet

Sunday, November 13, 2011, 3:30 PM concert,

FREE:   6 -7PM Improvisational Music Workshop – Come to learn more about the music, Frank’s approach and get to join in. Yamaha Saxophones sponsor this educational and interactive part of the event!

The Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Avenue, Madison

:  Concert tickets (sold only at the door) are
$10.00 for general public, $8.00 for students with an ID and members of Madison
Music Collective and Madison Jazz Society



DownBeat Magazine


After his
well-received appearance at the 2010 Isthmus Jazz Festival, hard-blowing tenor
saxophonist Frank Catalano returns to Madison with his Chicago-based quintet
for a two-set concert in the intimate club setting of the Brink Lounge.  The 33 year-old Catalano identifies two grand
masters, Dexter Gordon and Charlie Parker, as his favorite saxophonists, the
former for his “big fat soulful sound” and the latter for his
“yearning quality.”  Esteemed Chicago
jazz critic Howard Reich describes Mr. Catalano as a musician who “can
perform classic bebop, honking R&B, tender 1930s balladry and harmonically
adventurous modernism with equal aplomb,” while Isthmus columnist Dean
Robbins describes Mr. Catalano as a “gutty player in the tradition of Chicago
tenors like Johnny Griffin, Eddie Harris and Von Freeman” who “finds his niche
by blending bebop-style improvisation with a funky, bluesy backbeat.”  Says Catalano, “It’s become my signature
sound … (and) seems to be exciting for people who are straight-ahead jazz
purists as well as people who might just be getting into jazz.”

Aside from
leading his own groups, Mr. Catalano has performed with Miles Davis, Randy
Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman,
Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, and Louis Bellson.
He began his recording career on Chicago’s legendary Delmark Records
label at age 18, and has a string of critically acclaimed recordings to his
name, including two – “Mighty Burner” and “Bang!” – that placed on the
Billboard magazine jazz charts.

Mr. Catalano has been heard by millions of people world-wide thanks in
part to three Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings as a sideman
with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. About
performing with pop musicians, Catalano says “If you are out there trying to
make a living, you just have to play everything the best you can and try to put
your spin on it.” He notes that playing with pop artists, as he did on the
Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer-composer Seal, helps him get much more
exposure than is typical for a jazz musician.

following the concert, Madison bassist Laurie Lang will lead a free interactive
workshop in which Mr. Catalano talks about the music his band made during the
concert, with audience members invited to ask questions and participate in
discussion with him.  Then, musicians in
the audience – both amateur and professional – will be invited to the stage to
make music with Mr. Catalano and members of his band.

This concert and workshop are made
possible by a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation
and support from The Brink Lounge, Liliana’s Restaurant, the UPS
Store-Fitchburg, Farley’s House of Pianos, Tornado Club Steak House, the
Cardinal Bar, and Oak Bank, and our media sponsors Isthmus and WORT-89.9