Class of 2018
His 2016 album, "Bye Bye Blackbird," with David Sanborn, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts
Played on 3 Grammy-winning, and 11 Grammy-nominated, recordings with artists including Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child and John Legend.
Frank Catalano, Performing Arts-Music, began playing saxophone at age 7. By 18, he was touring with Santana and signed to Delmark Records to record his first solo album.
While at Streamwood High School, Catalano won first place in the Illinois All-State Jazz Saxophone Competition. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in music composition from DePaul University.
Catalano performed with the Elgin Community College Jazz Band as an ECC student in 1999, and was a saxophone instructor at College of Lake County from 2005-2012. He has played on three Grammy-winning, and 11 Grammy-nominated, recordings with artists including Jennifer Lopez, Destiny's Child and John Legend.
His recordings feature collaborations with leading jazz heads of state, including bassist Larry Gray, longtime Pat Metheny percussionist Paul Wertico, and the legendary Randy Brecker. Catalano's music has been spotlighted in many of the hallowed live performing venues and festivals, and he has toured throughout United States, France, England, and Japan.
His 2016 album, "Bye Bye Blackbird," with David Sanborn, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, making it one of the best-selling jazz albums of that year.
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