Matt Catingub, who is a saxophonist, woodwind artist, conductor, pianist, vocalist, composer, and arranger, will conduct the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8pm at the Long Beach Arena. The performance will include music by Chicago, Steely Dan and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Currently, Catingub is the artistic director and conductor of the Glendale Pops. He will be joined by vocalist Anita Hall, known for her versatility and for being the wedding songstress for Bill Gates, and drummer Steve Moretti, who toured with Catingub and Rosemary Clooney for six years and recorded two Grammy-nominated CDs with them.
Largely self-taught, Catingub began learning the piano at age 7 before switching to the alto saxophone at 16. A year later, he was asked to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival, shortly thereafter becoming the youngest member of the Louie Bellson Big Band and establishing himself as a premiere jazz musician. During this time, he also began earning a reputation as a Big Band arranger and composer. Over the years, he has formed his own bands and has served as artistic director and founder of the Hawaii Pops in Honolulu.
In 2005, Catingub’s work on the soundtrack for George Clooney’s Goodnight and Good Luck led to a Grammy win. The movie features his arrangements and tenor sax playing, as well as an onscreen appearance by him. His music can also be heard in the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind.
Born to parents of Polynesian island descent, Catingub is the youngest son of jazz vocalist Mavis Rivers. He was introduced to music through his mother’s albums for Capitol Records and Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label and performed alongside her until her passing in 1992.
Long Beach Symphony’s POPS! concerts are indoor picnicking events during which attendees gather to eat, drink and enjoy music. Patrons may bring their own libations or purchase food and beverage from Arena concessionaires. Doors will open at 6:30pm, and the concert will begin at 8pm. The POPS! season is sponsored by F&M Bank, and the Matt Catingub concert is underwritten by Valero Energy.
Arena seating starts at $21. To purchase tickets, call (562) 436-3203, ext. 232, or visit lbso.org .