A NOTE FROM MATT
Hey all, and welcome to my website. Thanks to everyone for all the support over the years.
The answer to the question I am getting a lot…YES that IS me on SirusXM’s Siriusly Sinatra Channel. A number of years ago I completed a project for Concord Records that eventually did not get released (in favor of my Gershwin 100 recording). It was a full-length recording called “My Kind Of Sinatra”. Recent interest from SiriusXM has led to it being included in the regular rotation on the Sinatra channel, thanks to my old friend, and producer of the recording, Allen Sviridoff. Thanks to those of you who have reached out to me upon hearing it. It is, at the moment, not available commercially yet for purchase or download, but I am in the process of trying to make that happen. Stand by!
Also I am thrilled to say that I have partnered up once again with Ejazzlines to make many of my arrangements for Big Band and Pops Orchestras available for purchase. There are about 20 newly written original Big Band charts, as well as new “Remixed” versions of my most popular big band originals re-orchestrated and re-issued for a more practical instrumentation, written for 5 Saxes, 4 Trumpets, and 4 Trombones (5,4,4,Rhythm), however they can also be played by a “compact” big band instrumentation of 4 Saxes, 3 Trumpets, and 2 Trombones (4,3,2,Rhythm).
Hope to see you at one of my upcoming orchestra or jazz performances in the near future, and enjoy the rest of your 2019!
November 29, 2019 - Macon Pops, Main Street Christmas Light Spectacular
January 15, 2020 - North Florida Orchestra
February 7, 2020 - Macon Pops Heart Ball Performance
February 22, 2020 - Long Beach Symphony
February 27, 2020 - Macon Pops Benefit Performance
April 5, 2020 - Macon Pops, Hip To Be Square, Celebrating the 80's
April 28, 2020 - Macon Pops Private Performance
May 30 & 31, 2020 - Omaha Symphony
June 25, 2020 - Peace Concert, Seoul, South Korea
July 5, 2020 - Rockport, MA
July 18-24, 2020 - Annual Banff Centre Residency (Performing/Recording)
Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Macon Pops in Macon, GA
Artistic Director and Conductor of the Glendale Pops in Glendale, CA (Retired)
Artistic Director and Conductor of the Hawaii Pops in Honolulu, HI (Retired)
Past Principal Pops Conductor of the Honolulu Symphony, the Hawaii Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, and the New Hampshire Music Festival.
Guest Conductor for some of the most important Symphony Orchestras in the country, including the Nashville Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Symphonies of Columbus, Hartford, Omaha and throughout Canada and Japan, and has conducted for artists as diverse as Diana Krall, Yes, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rogers, and numerous others.
Significantly Matt has arranged the music in the orchestra libraries for a variety of artists such as Kenny Loggins, James Ingram, Boz Scaggs, the Righteous Brothers, Rosemary Clooney, Vertical Horizon, Natalie Cole, Toni Tennille, Michael McDonald, Dave Koz, Toto, Pat Benatar, and many many others.
The son of the great jazz vocalist and “Polynesia’s First Lady of Song,” Mavis Rivers, Catingub regularly performed with his mom. In 2007 Matt, a proud pacific islander, was handed the Samoan Chief’s title of La`auli by King Malietoa Tanumafili II, the final title issued before his death. As a young man, he played a variety of instruments, conducted hs first orchestra at age 15, focused on Alto sax at 16, and at age 17 played his sax at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and from there toured Japan playing with jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie, and Ruth Brown. From there Catingub joined the Louie Bellson Big Band and a couple of years later joined the Toshiko Akiyoshi / Lew Tabackin Big Band as lead alto saxophonist. In 1983, Catingub formed the Matt Catingub Big Band, with Rivers as vocalist, and recorded several critically acclaimed jazz albums with his mom.
Matt had made his solo singing debut at the Frank Sinatra Celebration at New York City's legendary Carnegie Hall and as a result of his performance there, the Concord Jazz CD Gershwin 100 was conceived. Catingub also wrote and performed the music for the George Clooney film, “Goodnight and Good Luck,” made an onscreen appearance as the leader of the band, created all of the arrangements and played tenor sax in the movie and on the CD. The Soundtrack for “Goodnight and Good Luck”, featuring Matt and vocalist Diane Reeves won a Grammy. Catingub has also enjoyed success as the leader of his Big Band, Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack touring the world with Rosemary Clooney, and backing notable artists such as Michael Feinstein, Linda Eder, Lionel Hampton, and many others. Today Matt is considered to be at the forefront of a new and innovative movement to reinvent orchestra Pops into a more fun and accessible format, encouraging dancing (when the venue allows) and loose fun, within a more informal and contemporary setting.
Matt Catingub's arrangements for Big Band and Pops Orchestras are available at
Matt Catingub plays Yamaha Saxophones
JAZZ ROOTS - A SYMPHONIC REMIX
Reimagined arrangements of some of the greatest jazz compositions and songs of the 20th century, all newly arranged for the contemporary Pops Orchestra. Music that still thrills and influences all of the popular music of today.
LATIN POP REVOLUTION
The Latin influence on Rock, Pop and Jazz music is undeniable. This show focuses on the music and artists that have defined the genre. Includes music from artists such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sergio Mendes, Gloria Estefan, Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, and much more.
THE SOUL OF MOTOWN
A nostalgic and soulful program of songs and music from the golden age of the legendary years of the Motown sound, and original orchestrations that showcase the orchestra in a thrilling contemporary setting.
CLASSICAL SYMPHONIC REMIX
Popular All-Time Classical melodies reimagined in a modern setting, and all newly arranged for the contemporary Pops Orchestra, concluding with THREE SHADES OF BLUE, Matt's original concerto for Violin, Jazz Trio, and Orchestra
GERSHWIN ROOTS - A SYMPHONIC REMIX
Celebrating some of the greatest music by America’s great composer fully reimagined and all newly arranged for the contemporary Pops Orchestra, featuring music from Matt's acclaimed Concord Records CD - Gershwin 100
A unique mix of old and new for a masterworks series concert. Matt Catingub conducts An American In Paris, and other modern symphonic classics, culminating with THREE SHADES OF BLUE, Matt's original concerto for Violin, Jazz Trio, and Orchestra
MY KIND OF SINATRA
(As Heard On Siriusly Sinatra, on the SiriusXM Satellite Radio Network)
Matt’s own interpretations of classic songs originally recorded, and influenced, by Mr. Sinatra, wrapped around stories and experiences as shared by Matt’s mother Mavis Rivers, who was personally signed by Mr. Sinatra to be the first female artist to record for his Reprise record label. A joyous celebration of the Great American Songbook uniquely shared by Matt.
BRASSFIRE w/Jens Lindemann
Matt teams up with former Canadian Brass member, and order of Canada recipient, virtuoso trumpet artist Jens Lindemann in an evening of popular and contemporary music, mixing genres and styles to thrill both musicians and audiences alike! Including music from Jens' new Big Band recording, which was produced and arranged by Matt.
THE 70’S: STAYIN’ ALIVE
Come catch night fever and dance in the Boogie Wonderland to the music of the 1970s! Pop hits, Disco and radio Favorites, and hit music from the biggest artists of the decade
DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES
Matt’s most popular show, spanning over 70 years of popular music from the big band era right through to today, appealing to ALL age groups. This is a fun, exciting, high energy show that works even better with a dance floor!