Swingin’ Stars and Stripes
About Matt Catingub
Matt Catingub wears many hats: saxophonist, woodwind artist, conductor, pianist, vocalist, performer, composer, and arranger. Matt is the Artistic Director and founder of the Hawaii Pops in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as Artistic Director and founder of the Macon Pops in Macon, Georgia. Matt was also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Glendale Pops In Los Angeles, as well as the Festival Pops Conductor of the New Hampshire Music Festival, and has also held the Principal Pops Conductor positions of the Honolulu Symphony, the Hawaii Symphony, and the New Mexico Symphony.
Catingub has guest conducted for some of the most significant Symphony Orchestras in the country, including the Nashville Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, and the Symphonies of Columbus, Hartford, Omaha and throughout Canada and Japan. Catingub has conducted for artists such as Diana Krall, Yes, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rogers, 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 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 sax at 16, and at age 17 played his sax at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and from there toured Japan playing with jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie, and Ruth Brown. From there 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 had 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 also 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.
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.
About Anita Hall
Whether singing with a symphony orchestra, headlining an international convention or rocking a major charity event, audiences attest to the great popularity and talent of songstress Anita Hall.
Before moving to Indianapolis, to care for her ailing elderly father, she called Hawaii home for over 20 years, where she was one of the most sought-after performers in the Pacific Rim. Seamlessly changing gears from country to jazz, rock to Broadway, Hall has proven herself to be a well-rounded entertainer.
Some of Hall’s credits include performances with the Hartford, New Hampshire, Grand Rapids, St. Louis, Omaha, Honolulu and Hawaii Pops Symphonies. Microsoft’s Bill Gates, PGA golfer Phil Mickelson, E-Bay’s VP Mary Lou Song, TV producer Al Masini, TV personality Wayne Brady, legendary songbird Liza Minnelli and NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson are just a few of Anita’s VIP clientele.
Hall also hosted KITV’s award-winning “Ohana Road” Series (ABC). In 2009, Hall’s CD “Send Love” received two Na Hoku Hanohano nominations; The Hawaii Music Award for Inspirational CD of the Year; and made it to the first Grammy Ballot.
As the only child of parents both born with cerebral palsy, Hall’s involvement with numerous non-profits is a natural fit.