Philip Catherine

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

27 October 1942, London, England. Born of a Belgian father, Catherine came to notice in 1969 as the guitarist on Scott Bradford’s Rock Slide, thereby initiating an extremely busy period of session work. During this time Catherine contributed to the works of musicians such as Jean-Luc Ponty, Larry Coryell, Alphonse Mouzon and Zbigniew Seifert. When not doing sessions, Catherine found time to record a series of solo albums on which he also played bass and keyboards, and in 1973 founded the band Pork Pie. However, in 1976 when Jan Akkerman suddenly left the Dutch rock band Focus, Catherine replaced him, winning considerable praise for his lyrical playing. Prior to joining Focus, Catherine had played with the Chris Hinze Combination during 1974. Catherine’s solo career really blossomed from the late 90s onwards, and in keeping with John Scofield he has developed in leaps and bounds and hit a particularly prolific period in the new millennium.

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