philip catherine


Philip Catherine has been on the forefront of the European jazz scene since the sixties and worked with great artists like Chet Baker, Stéphane Grappelli, Charlie Mingus and Dexter Gordon. His unique approach and sound, his dedication to music have been important and influential, and today he is a source of inspiration for many artists of the new generation.

Born in London in 1942 and being from a musical family, he developed a musical ear from an early age. When he was 18 he already toured Europe with Lou Bennett. With his early recordings “September Man” and “Guitars” of 1975, jazz amateurs all over the world discovered not only a brilliant guitarist but also a talented composer: themes like “Homecomings” and “Nairam” have become famous.

Philip Catherine recorded over 20 albums under his name and numerous collaborations with renowned artists worldwide.

About the solo album “Guitars Two” (2008) Guitarist Acoustic wrote : “simply one of the most beautiful cd’s of this year”. And “Philip Catherine plays Cole Porter” (201) received the CHOC in JazzMag.

For his 70th birthday Philip Catherine gave a memorable concert at the Brussels Palais des Beaux-Arts, and presented his album “Coté Jardin” (11/2012) with a new quartet : great italian pianist Nicola Andrioli, young drum phenomenon Antoine Pierre and longstanding companion Philippe Aerts on bass.
“Catherine is lyrical, virutoso and by whiles exuberant on this sublime album.” (De Standaard).

In 2014 the album ‘New Folks’ was released on ACT Music, a duo with German bassplayer Martin Wind, followed by several tours throughout Europe and the US.

The première of Philip Catherine’s ‘String project’, a selection of his compositions in arrangements with string orchestra, took place in 2015 at Flagey/Brussels. Philip’s quintet together with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie conducted by Frank Braley. The performance was filmed by national TV VRT-Canvas, and the audio track resulted to be so good that ACT Music released the CD “The String Project – Live in Brussels”. R.Garszczyński in JazzPress : “This is one of the best jazz recordings with strings of all times.”

Philip Catherine received the ECHO JAZZ AWARD 2016 ‘Best International Guitarist’ with this album.

End 2017 Philip Catherine celebrated his 75th Anniversary with a sold out concert at Flagey/Brussels in a special line-up with two pianos and two drums which resulted to be magic.
For his anniversary WARNER Music released a 5-CDBox “Philip Catherine – Selected Works”:the long awaited re-releases of his early vinyl records ‘September Man’ and ‘Guitars’, the albums ‘Babel’ and ‘End of August’, completed with an unedited solo recording by Radio Bremen of 1979 & 1982.

Also Philip’s first album ‘Stream’ was re-released on CD by the japanese label Union Disk.

During 2018-2019 Philip Catherine performed at festivals like North Sea Jazz (sextet with 2 pianos), Middelheim Jazz (with his ‘Reunion Band’), Dinant Jazz (his Quartet & Joshua Redman), Festival Jazz sous les Pommiers in Coutances (Sextet), and concerts in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Benin, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland …

February 2019 saw the release of “La Belle Vie” with the legendary trio Bex-Catherine-Romano.
The latest album “Manoir de mes Rêves”,around the music of the roaring 50s-50s in Paris and Django Reinhardt in Trio with Paulo Morello & Sven Faller, was released in May on ENJA Records and received great reviews.

October 2020 will see the release of a live album : “75 – Live@Flagey”, recording of his sublime anniversary concert in 2017. This special project in Sextet with two pianos will perform during 2020-2021 for festivals and special occasions.

Philip Catherine continues relentlessly and open-minded his search for renewal and perfection. The formulas with which he performs give him the rhythmic support and freedom to unfold his wide palette of musical styles, from that irresistible groovy rock sound to the broad lyrical phrases of which he is a master.

– Downbeat : « He is one of the most accomplished and rewarding guitarists now playing jazz. »
– Le Monde, Francis Marmande : « Philip Catherine is one of the last ‘romantics’ in jazz. Philip Catherine doesn’t play music: he is music. A lyricism that hits the unconscience. Music, music, sometimes with an air of simplicity that makes you believe nothing is easier than observe a photon in it’s course. Great art. »


as a leader :

* STREAM (’70)
* GUITARS (’75)
* BABEL (80)
* OSCAR (’88)
* MOODS, vol.I (’92)
* MOODS, vol.II
* Philip Catherine “LIVE” (97)
* BLUE PRINCE (2000)
* GUITARS TWO (1/2008)
* NEW FOLKS – Duo Art (1/2014)
* THE STRING PROJECT-Live in Brussels (9/2015) * Philip Catherine SELECTED WORKS (11/2017)
* Bex-Catherine-Romano “La Belle Vie”:
* Catherine-Morello Trio “Manoir de mes Rêves”

Warner 46049 Atlantic 40 562 Atlantic 50 193 Electra 52 244 WeA K 58 450- Inakustik 8701CD September 5106CD Igloo 060CD

Criss Cross
Criss Cross 1060
Criss Cross 1061CD
Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36587
Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36599
Dreyfus Jazz FDM36614
Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36637
Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36675
Dreyfus Jazz FDM 46050
Dreyfus Jazz FDM 369412 Challenge Records CHR 70166 Challenge Records CHR70178 ACT Music
ACT Music
WARNER Music France ( 5 cd-Box) (2/2019) Sunset Records
(5/2019) ENJA Records

and with :

Chet BAKER :

“Baker/Catherine/ Rassinfosse” “Chet’s Choice”
“In Bologna, Live”


“Young Django”
“Live 1992” “Grappelli/Ponty/Catherine”


“Twin House”
“Back Together Again” “Splendid”


“The Viking” “Art of the Duo”

Dexter GORDON:

“Something Different”

John Lee & Gerry Brown :

“Mango Sunrise”

Charlie MINGUS :

“Three or Four Shades of Blue”

“Baker/Catherine/ Rassinfosse” “Chet’s Choice”
“In Bologna, Live”

“Young Django”
“Live 1992” “Grappelli/Ponty/Catherine”

“Twin House”
“Back Together Again” “Splendid”

“The Viking” “Art of the Duo”

“Something Different”

“Mango Sunrise”

Charlie MARIANO/Jasper Van ‘t Hof : “Sleep my Love”

MARIANO/Van ‘t Hof /Don ALIAS : “Operanoia” (’96) Didier LOCKWOOD/Chr. ESCOUDE : “Trio”
Carla BLEY/Mike MANTLER : More Movies”

Jacques PELZER : “Tribute to the Band Box”
Emmanuel BEX : “Trios”
Michaël GIBBS : “The Only Chrome Waterfall Orch”
Barney WILEN/Palle DANIELSSON :“Sanctuary”