Five Questions with Frank Catalano

1. What jazz song would you play for someone unfamiliar with jazz? Why?
Frank: Eddie Harris – Cold Duck Time. I actually had the opportunity to perform it with Eddie Harris at the Green Mill in Chicago 20 years ago. Not only do I have special personal memories associated with the song but it is impossible for any person with a pulse to not pat their foot and get into it.

2. Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Frank: I don’t have any rituals like my OCD friends do, but with flying around a bunch, the key work on the saxophone can get out of wack so I like to make sure I have a chance to play thru my horn a bit before performing as well as play testing reeds.

3. Keep Portland Weird — what’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen in Portland?
Frank: My wife is a small business owner. Being a jazz saxophonist for a living is super mom and pop so I try to support local business as much as possible. I am looking forward to checking out a bunch of music stores like Music Millennium while I am in Portland. The weirdest thing I’ve seen in Portland comes courtesy of Netflix and it the clip called “The Studio” on Portlandia so not sure if that counts.

4. What food carts/ restaurants are you looking forward to eating at?
Frank: Definitely excited to try out some food carts!!! Food carts haven’t taken off in Chicago yet. I am up for additional suggestions but Umai PDX, Burrasca and Dalo’s are on my list.

5. When did you first fall in love with jazz?
Frank: I was 8 years old and had just started playing the saxophone. I borrowed a Charlie Parker LP from the Library. I heard his song “Now’s The Time” and I have been addicted to jazz ever since.

Frank Catalano will be joined by Mike Raynor, Clark Sommers , George Colligan and Dan Balmer at Jimmy Mak’s on Friday February 20th.