Frank CAtalano & Jimmy Chamberlin


Following the success of Love Supreme CollectiveGod's Gonna Cut You Down and Bye Bye Blackbird, Ropeadope Records is proud to release a trio of Live recordings chronicling Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin's tours including shows in Japan, Chicago and New York.  The raw energy that resonates between the musicians and the audience is something that can't be put into words but can surely be heard and felt on these recordings. It is exciting to hear the difference between the studio albums and live performances.  

The first to be released will be Tokyo Number 9 (May 12) which is the culmination of 8 concerts in Tokyo last summer.

Now 37 years old, Catalano is the only known saxman to have 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 while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. He has also performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal.

No stranger to adversity, Frank cut off his right middle finger in an automobile accident. After several surgeries and much effort, Catalano relearned his signature technique, making him one of the most in-demand musicians today. He regularly donates his musical services to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Also an entrepreneur, Frank has patented a device that allows him to control his saxophone via midi components. Frank is a spokesperson/clinician/performing artist for companies such as Yamaha, Rico/D’Addario, and JodyJazz. He can be seen in their 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.

When not on tour or in the studio, Frank enjoys composing classical music. Frank graduated from DePaul University with a BA in music composition and he plays piano, drums and flute in addition to the saxophone.


tokyo number 9

may 12 2017

Produced by Frank Catalano
Engineered by Dan Steinman

Frank Catalano - Saxophone | Jimmy Chamberlin - Drums | Vic Juris - Guitar | Theo Hill - Piano | Stacy McMicheal - Bass