Philip Catherine

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


Philip Catherine, son of an Englishwoman and a Belgian, comes from a musical family. His grandfather played the first violin in the London Symphony Orchestra . After the Second World War, the parents moved back to Brussels . He started playing guitar after listening to Georges Brassens . He discovered his interest in jazz early on. The music of Django Reinhardt had a great influence on his development as a guitarist; Charles Mingus even called him in 1978 "young Django" .

From 1959 he began to play professionally. In 1961 he played his first tour with Lou Bennett , but in the 1960s he also accompanied Dexter Gordon and Stéphane Grappelli during his business studies . After his military service he was a member of the quintet “Experience” by Jean-Luc Ponty in 1971/1972 , with Joachim Kühn on piano , after he had recorded his first LP Stream (with Jiggs Whigham ), which Sacha Distel had produced. Since 1973 he played with Charlie Mariano and Jasper van't Hof in the group "Pork Pie".

Philip Catherine with 'Pork Pie', in the 1970s in the Wuppertal Stock Exchange, Photo: Christian W. Neumann
Philip Catherine with 'Pork Pie', in the late 1970s in the Wuppertal Opera House, photo: Christian W. Neumann.

He also played in a duo with Larry Coryell (whom he brought back closer to the acoustic guitar), first spontaneously at the Berlin Jazz Days in 1976, later also on albums ( Twinhouse , Splendid 1978).

Since then he has been in various lineups with many well-known musicians such as Chet Baker (6 albums), Tom Harrell (3 albums), Didier Lockwood (in a trio with Christian Escoudé ), Rudolf Dašek , Charlie Mariano , Benny Goodman , Charles Mingus, Carla Bley , Klaus Doldinger , Alphonse Mouzon , Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (3 albums) and Miroslav Vitouš .

Philip Catherine received a number of prizes as a jazz musician , for example in 1978 he was named artist of the year at the German Phono Academy, in 1995 he received the Belgian “ Django d'Or ”, and in 1998 the French “ Django d'Or ”.

Discographic notes

Catherine (2nd from right) with (from left) Larry Coryell, Stéphane Grappelli and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
  • September Man (1974) (with Charlie Mariano, Jasper van't Hof, Palle Mikkelborg , Gerry Brown , John Lee )
  • Guitars (1975) (with Charlie Mariano, Jasper van't Hof, John Lee, Gerry Brown, Rob Franken)
  • Twin House (1977) (with Larry Coryell)
  • Young Django (1978) (with Larry Coryell, Stéphane Grappelli and Niels-Henning Ørsted-Pedersen)
  • Sleep My Love (1979) with Charlie Mariano, Jasper van't Hof
  • Babel (1980) (with Andre Ceccarelli, Jannick Top, Jean Claude Petit)
  • End of August (1982) (with Charlie Mariano, Trilok Gurtu, Nicolas Fiszman )
  • Transparence (Inak, 1986)
  • September Sky (September, 1988)
  • Art of the Duo ( Enja , 1991) with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
  • Moods, Vol. 1 (Criss Cross, 1992) with Tom Harrell
  • Blue Prince (Dreyfus, 2000) with Bert Joris , Hein van de Geyn , Hans van Oosterhout
  • The Great Concert (Enja 2009) with Charlie Mariano and Jasper van't Hof
  • New Folks (2014) with Martin Wind
  • The String Project - Live in Brussels (2015) with the Orchester Royal de Chambre de Wallonie
  • La belle vie (2019) with Emmanuel Bex and Aldo Romano
  • Manoir de mes rêves (2019) with Paulo Morello and Sven Faller

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