New York Times Feature

on May 24, 2013 by Neil Tesser

Frank Catalano going strong

on Jan 10, 2013 by Howard Reich

Frank Catalano Cover Story

on Mar 20, 2011 by Dan Ferris and Mike Jeffers

Saxophonist Frank Catalano set to blow away the 2010 Isthmus Jazz Festival

on Jun 03, 2010 by Dean Robbins

Frank Catalano's Reed and Mouthpiece

on Apr 20, 2010 by In Tune Monthly

Geschliffener Sound mit viel Soul

on Mar 22, 2010 by Von Rolf Graff

One Autism Mom's Notes

on Feb 14, 2010 by Pam Byrne

Frank Catalano Tonight

on Feb 13, 2010 by Shepherd Express Staff

Frank Catalano Quartet

on Jan 28, 2010 by A.V. Club Madison

Chit-Chat: Sax man Frank Catalano plays it cool

on Dec 21, 2009 by Renee Tomell

Frank Catalano: My One and Only Love (Review)

on May 01, 2009 by Ted Gioia

BANG! Review

on Oct 01, 2008 by Bill Meredith

Critics Preview

on Oct 03, 2007 by WUMUSICA

Sax in the Suburbs: The Strange –but true story of how Frank Catalano, a globe-trotting saxphone phenom, came to call the North Shore his adopted home.

on Jan 01, 2007 by Amber Holst

A Little Night Music

on Sep 24, 2006 by Where Magazine

Billboard Listing Jul 2006

on Jul 24, 2006 by Billboard Magazine

Chicago saxophonist Frank Catalano grows into his reputation

on Jul 12, 2006 by Howard Reich

Mighty Burner Review

on Jul 05, 2006 by Ron Netsky

Mighty Burner Review

on May 09, 2006 by Mark Corroto

Frank Catalano: Sax Machine Shows Jazz Is Still A Young Man's Game

on Sep 15, 2005 by Michael Austin

Sax Machine

on Apr 24, 2004 by Chicago Magazine

Chit-Chat: Sax man Frank Catalano plays it cool

on December 21, 2009 by Renee Tomell Source:On the Go Online : Suburban Life Publications

Breaks both good and bad helped launch Frank Catalano into the stratosphere among saxophone players. The Hanover Park native graduated in 1999 from DePaul University with a degree in classical composition. A performer, composer and recording artist, he is also a well-known arranger whose music is licensed for television and film. He has played with artists from Miles Davis and Tony Bennett to Destiny’s Child, and this spring with Seal on Oprah’s show.

Frank Catalano is ranked one of the top saxophonists in the world.

Talk about your collaboration with legendary drummer Louis Bellson, when you were 14. It was at a clinic at Elgin Community College (a beloved alma mater). Louis Bellson was the guest artist and he heard me play and I sat in with him. We kept in touch. At 16, he was taking me on the road, hiring me for stuff. When I was 17, I got to play at the Grammys.

Why did you pick the saxophone? When I was in fifth grade, I went to a band day, where a guy was demonstrating all the instruments. My brother played football, (so) I thought maybe tuba in a marching band looked fun. My mom (said), ‘It’s not that happening of an instrument.’ I saw the flute, clarinet, trumpet. Then he picked up the saxophone. I thought it looked really cool. He never (actually) played it. Being somebody always up for a challenge … I thought I’d try that one, even though I didn’t know what it sounded like.

Explain how almost losing a middle finger and being unable to use it for a year in your teens turned into a positive? I was using my right index finger to do both keys essentially. It was pretty unheard of. It helped me build up a different kind of technique — maybe a better one. In DownBeat magazine, I rank as one of the top 10 sax players in the world.

One of your instruments has an interesting pedigree. I own one of John’s Coltrane’s saxophones. To me he was the epitome … (playing with) an energy, also a spirituality and a deepness that encompassed everything that I think makes a saxophone so special to me.

What have you been working on? Drummer Peter Erskine of Weather Report and I are doing a sax and drums album I’m excited about. In light of three of my favorite (drummers) passing away, it’s a tribute of sorts to them (Louis Bellson and Coltrane collaborators Elvin Jones and Rashied Ali). (Catalano’s latest album is ‘Bang’, and a new Columbia Records project is due out in the spring.)