Hey all, and welcome to my website. Thanks to everyone for all the support over the years, and happy Summer 2022
If you are a fan of THE MORNING SHOW on AppleTV+ don’t miss this scene from Episode 1, Season 2 as “Bradley & Eric” sing my arrangement of WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEARS EVE with my “Hi Tech Big Band” (meaning just me, with my friend Dave Scott on Lead Trumpet). Later in this season I will also be on the show playing a piano player who accompanies the character Daniel Henderson.
Also I am thrilled to be focusing on my new and very personal project for late 2022 and beyond. FROM SAMOA TO SINATRA honors the music of both Mr. Frank SInatra and my mother Mavis Rivers, whom Sinatra signed to his Reprise Records label in 1961. The answer to the question I am getting a lot…YES that IS me on SirusXM’s Siriusly Sinatra Channel. Happy to say that two tracks (plus a bonus Christmas track) have been completed as a preview to the full Summer 2021 release of the entire project. These three preview tracks can be heard NOW on SiriusXM’s Siriusly Sinatra Channel. Thanks to today’s technology I get to duet with Mom’s voice from 1961(!) on a couple of these tracks!
I have created a special “Preview Page” for this project that dives a bit deeper into this upcoming chapter of my performing life. Check it out here.
In other news.... as we navigate this ongoing pandemic we are proudly in the middle of our ninth season of Macon Pops and will be announcing our TENTH(!) season very soon. Please visit MaconPops.com for more details.
In the meantime stay safe and healthy everybody, and I look forward to seeing all of you in-person very soon!
Matt Catingub plays Yamaha Saxophones
FROM SAMOA TO SINATRA
Music and Stories from when Frank Sinatra signed Mavis Rivers to Reprise Records
As heard on SiriusXM's Siriusly Sinatra Channel
in 1960 Matt’s mother Mavis Rivers was lured from Capitol Records by Frank Sinatra to sign with his just created Reprise Records. Mavis became the first female artist on Reprise, and was among the initial recordings released by the label that included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and of course Frank himself. This show is a unique adventure chronicled by her son Matt through music, songs, and stories that describe how a little girl from Apia, Samoa ended up recording and performing with the entertainment royalty of the time, with The Rat Pack, and alongside some of the greatest Jazz and popular musicians and orchestrators of the day. A completely original tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra and to the Great American Songbook, within a wholly original "family" angle, including Hi-Tech audio "duets" and surprises. And most notably most of these arrangements & songs by Matt are in heavy national airplay rotation on SiriusXM's Siriusly Sinatra station!
(partial list, full list of shows upon request)
FŪŚON - JAZZ THAT ROCKS
An irresistible blend of the "Hippest Hits" of the past 50 years. The biggest Jazz Influenced popular music from Blood Sweat & Tears, Steely Dan, Chicago, Tower Of Power, Al Jarreau, George Benson, and more.
FŪŚON - LATIN POP REVOLUTION
A Journey through the world of popular latin music and it’s roots. Audience is encouraged to participate in multiple ways, a fun evening of familiar songs, and modernized melodies.
MARDI GRAS JAZZ
Mardi Gras means masks, madness and most of all, Music. A lively, fun-filled musical evening centered around the distinct songs and styles that make New Orleans the city of jazz.
The Greatest Classical Melodies Of All-Time reimagined, and all newly arranged for the contemporary Pops Orchestra by Matt Catingub. Program also includes Matt’s original work: Three Shades Of Blue, Concerto For Violin Jazz Trio And Orchestra, recently premiered by Maestro Thom Wilkins and the Omaha Symphony.
GERSHWIN ROOTS - A SYMPHONIC REMIX, Featuring Matt's brand new version of RHAPSODY IN BLUE
Matt’s acclaimed Concord Records CD GERSHWIN 100 forms the basis for this show that celebrates some of the greatest music by America’s greatest composer, all newly arranged for the contemporary Pops Orchestra by Matt, including a reimagined version of RHAPSODY IN BLUE
JAZZ ROOTS - A SYMPHONIC REMIX
Reimagined arrangements of some of the greatest early jazz compositions and songs of the early 20th century, all newly arranged for the contemporary Pops Orchestra by Matt Catingub
ROCK AND ROLL ROOTS
Combining some of the greatest musical influences and songs from the early days of Rock & Roll along with unique adaptations of familiar melodies and riffs into one exciting concert the will have them dancing in the aisles!
THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK - CLASSICS & CROONERS
The songs that started it all by some of the greatest composers of all time, including The Gershwins, and Irving Berlin, and made famous by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and so many more. All designed to beautifully showcase the orchestra.
All programs are fully licensed and royalty free and feature Matt’s brilliant drummer Steve Moretti, and one of Matt’s amazing guest vocalists (show dependent)
Celebrates my mother Mavis Rivers