At only 10 years old, Frank was heard by Chicago jazzmaster Von Freeman, who introduced him to Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Betty Carter, Eddie Harris, and Johnny Griffin. Frank’s informal education came from sitting in with these and other jazz legends. While attending DePaul University, then 18-year-old Catalano was signed to Delmark Records and began touring and recording with the likes of Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Louie Bellson, and Tony Bennett. Frank has enjoyed non-jazz success recording and performing with diverse artists including Seal, Beyoncé, John Legend, and Les Claypool. Catalano is also the patented inventor of a sax/keyboard system for EDM music and the Celebrity Influencer for Drambuie Scotch liqueur. In 2017, Hal Leonard Publishing released Frank’s saxophone method book Modern Saxophone Techniques. When not on the road, Frank splits his time between Chicago and Manhattan where he maintains homes.
“Frank Catalano is John Coltrane energy for the 21st Century” – DownBeat Magazine