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Matt Catingub to Perform in Rochester, NY

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Jazz great Matt Catingub will be performing with the Greece Jazz Band, directed by Chuck Huffine, on Saturday, June 18th, 2005, 7:00 pm, at Olympia High School Auditorium, 1139 Maiden Lane, Greece. The Big Band will be performing Matt’s original composition and arrangements. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students, and are available at the door.

Multi-talented musician Matt Catingub wears many hats: Saxophonist, Woodwind Artist, Conductor, Pianist, Vocalist, Performer, Composer, and Arranger. In 1979, Matt was asked to join the Louie Bellson Big Band and at 17, Matt was the youngest member of the band. A couple of years later, Matt joined the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band as lead alto saxophonist.

Matt is big in the jazz scene and in Hollywood, where he has directed, produced and performed with the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Jack Jones, Toni Tennille, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Louis Bellson and many others. He currently directs the Honolulu Symphony Pops and “The Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Club,” fronting the 12-piece band singing and playing, combining elements of Big Band and Hawaiian “Hapa-Haole" music into a truly unique package. In November 2001, the late Rosemary Clooney performed the last concert of her incredible career with the Honolulu Symphony Pops. The concert was released on CD and was also nominated for a Grammy. Matt will have a role in George Clooney's upcoming movie “Goodnight and Good Luck.”

Matt will also be performing with the Greece Jazz Band at the 2005 Rochester International Jazz Festival on Friday, June 17th, 2005. You can find out more about Matt by going to www.mattcatingub.com.

In its eighth year, the Greece Jazz Band is a respected, non-profit Big Band, comprised of people of all ages and from all walks of life. Sponsored by the Greece Performing Arts Society, the band has performed for community and private functions, dances, in senior living centers, at schools for formal concerts and educational concerts with music students, and at major festivals throughout Rochester. The band's repertoire includes traditional big-band swing, challenging modern jazz charts, most types of dance music and holiday favorites.

For further information, call 227-4712 or visit the band’s web site at www.greecejazzband.org.

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