2019 

New Year Blast 

Jazz on Inklings Stage opened 2019 with a packed and enthusiastic crowd and a memorable battle between two tenor sax players who were ready to reignite the 1950's contests of LA's Central Avenue. Unrehearsed, Noel Catura and Benny Torres had a spontaneous blast. Matching and surpassing each other's solos, they took the contest to the last notes of the night and fought to an honorable draw. Spurred on by the drumming of Geechi Taylor, and Inklings duo of Matt Finders and James Hall, the two tenors seemed inexhaustible, their only respite being the dramatic interventions of James Hall on vibes. The prolonged standing ovation at the concert's end was well-earned. 

This was intended as a fun night, presented as theater, and its reception by the audience was rewarding for the musicians and encouraging for the promoters. 

There will be a shift of gear for the next concert on Friday February 8th. 

SF trumpeter Erik Jekabson will make a second appearance at Inklings, accompanied by percussionist Jeff Marrs. Erik has the technical mastery and lyrical gift that enables him to do justice to the greatest exponents of jazz trumpet. On his last visit he paid tribute to the great Clifford Brown and this time he will play tribute to the wayward genius, Chet Baker. Expect some gems of Romanticism from the Great American Songbook and some exciting jazz standards. 

Thanks to sponsorship, admission will be free, but anticipate Inklings and Downtown parking problems. Seating is limited but seats can be reserved on Eventbrite and are held until 6.45 pm. 

Roger Hall (PJS)

Sax in the Summer 2018 

If you are looking to listen to great music this summer, Noel is performing at some cool venues like the Impulse Room in Walnut Creek on July 25, Retzlaff Winery on July 22 and the Top of the Mark/Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco on Aug 3.  More information and concerts are listed on Noel's gig calendar.  Noel is currently composing new music for his CD including the single Cesaria in memory of his mother.  You can hear this new song at his concerts too.  Keep cool!

Selmer Saxophone has a New Endorsing Artist! 

Good news everyone! I made the big time - I am officially an Endorsing Artist for Selmer Paris!  You may be wondering what that means -  I can claim that I am endorsed by Selmer Paris, receive a great discount on a Selmer saxophone, and I receive a pass for the NAMM Show showing the title of endorsement on my name badge. According to the Selmer staff that I have talked too -  I am a live, walking & talking billboard for their products.  I am honored---Thank you Selmer Paris!

Best, 
​Noel

Soulful Situation Album music used for TV Series! 

Hi folks,
An estimated debut is being scheduled sometime before end of 2014 of the new satilite TV Series "Happiest Medium" hosted by Inspirational speaker, Life Coach and Medium Erica Glessing.  I will be featured as the musical posse to bring on guest for each episode.  I will keep you updated on actual date, yeah!  

Cesaria Song for upcoming Album! 

Hey People,
I lost my mom June 13, 2013 and on that day I wrote a tune for her on the way home after seeing her for the last time in her house.  She was always very special to me as most moms are to their kids.  Here is some footage of her song without music backround.
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