Matt Catingub

About Matt

Matt is involved in several pops organizations:

  • Artistic Director and Conductor of the Glendale Pops in Los Angeles, California
  • Artistic Director and founder of the Hawaii Pops in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Artistic Director and founder of the Macon Pops in Macon, Georgia
  • Festival Pops Conductor of the New Hampshire Music Festival
  • Past Pops Conductor for the Honolulu Symphony, the Hawaii Symphony, and the New Mexico Symphony

saxophonist, woodwind artist, conductor, pianist, vocalist, performer, composer, arranger

Musical History & Accomplishments

The son of the great jazz vocalist and Polynesia’s First Lady of Song, Mavis Rivers, Catingub regularly performed with his mom. As a young man, he played a variety of instruments, conducted his first orchestra at age 15, focused on Alto saxaphone at 16, and at age 17 played his sax at the Monterey Jazz Festival. From there, he toured Japan playing with jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie and Ruth Brown. 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 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 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.

Conductor

Catingub has guest conducted for some of the most significant Symphony Orchestras in the country.

  • Nashville Symphony
  • Saint Louis Symphony
  • Florida Orchestra
  • Pacific Symphony
  • Cincinnati Pops
  • Symphonies of Columbus, Hartford, Omaha, and throughout Canada and Japan

Catingub has conducted for artists such as Diana Krall, Yes, Al Jarreau, Kenny Rogers, Gladys Knight, and numerous others. And significantly Matt has arranged the music in the orchestra libraries for diverse 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 Pops Movement

Today, Matt is considered to be at the forefront of a new and innovative movement to reinvent Pops into a more fun and accessible format, encouraging dancing (when the venue allows) and loose fun, within a more informal and contemporary setting.