Intimate Spanish, flamenco, and baroque classical guitar; the sweet sounds and rhythms of Brazil including Bossa Nova and Samba; jazz standards and hot gypsy swing,Tango, European / French, and Flamenco jazz.
Recently awarded 'Best of Western Washington' 2013 and Wedding Wire 5 Star 'Brides Choice' Award 2012
"Julian is gifted, talented, professional, charming, and accommodating. His beautiful Latin guitar was exactly what I wanted." - From gigmasters reviews
"We used Julian Catford, he's an AMAZING guitar player and super professional!" - From weddingbee chat boards
I loved working with Julian! When I heard him play I booked him on the spot. He performed pre-ceremony and during the cocktail hour and could not have been more perfect. He's incredibly talented and will absolutely add the perfect ambiance to your wedding as well. - From yelp reviews
IN ADDITION TO SOLO GUITAR, JULIAN PERFORMS WITH SMALL GROUPS
'DOS GUITARRAS' - DUO / TRIO (two guitars, latin percussion) 'HOT CLUB SEATTLE' -GYPSY JAZZ (bass, 2nd guitar or accordion).
From studies in classical guitar with Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Guillermo Fierens (a student of Segovia) and over 28 years performing experience, Julian's performances include most of the Northwest's finest hotels, clubs, and theaters (performing four years at Serafina and the Hyatt Regency and the Sorrento).
Julian is adjunct music faculty at Seattle Pacific University, has performed on many CD recordings, and at regional festivals including Bumbershoot.
More about Julian C:
Julian has performed in Mallorca, Spain, and Scotland, Tahiti, Mexico and Canada, and appeared as a guest artist on television. He has accompanied Rosemary Clooney and Cab Calloway.
Accompanied such notables as Rosemary Clooney, Phil Woods, Ed Ames, Little Anthony, Kenny Garrett, Robert Merrill, Patrice Muncell of the New York Metropolitan Opera ,The Mills Brothers and Cab Calloway.
Recorded his debut CD Sonoroso - latin jazz (2004)
Julian C Trio on Northwest Passage CD and as guest artist on Skye Cantrell's CD Blame it On My Youth (2003), jazz vocalist Lincoln Briney's CD, Five (1996), recorded with saxophone great Freddy Greenwell (1998), and on vocalist Janis Mann's CD A Little Moonlight(1997), and as accompanist on Ladino Romanzas.
Praise for Julian C:
Hiring Julian to play guitar for our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception was one of the best decisions that we made in planning our wedding. He was exceptionally professional, and his music set the mood for our wedding. Several guests and my parents commented that he was a highlight of the evening. We met with Julian before the wedding, and he played several options ranging from traditional to contemporary for the ceremony and the reception. We chose traditional music for the wedding processional, and I asked him to play what he enjoyed and was best at for the reception. It turned out wonderfully! I highly recommend Julian C.
Sarah Spilseth, Wedding July 3rd 2010
Julian was stellar. His talent so evident and his demeanor so easy. It was the perfect fit for our event (son's wedding). I had no doubt that our choice was the right one. Our family and guests were so impressed. The mood was relaxed and fun and the music just elevated the whole ambience to an even higher level. We thank Julian for his professionalism and his gift of music. He is forever part of the memories made on this special day.
Julie Wallace, Wedding, Seattle, WA
Tiffany & Co. has been hiring Julian Catford for events at our downtown Seattle location for almost 10 years now. We continue to turn to him year after year, because we know we can always rely on him to set the right mood for each event from the moment we open our doors!
Jenny Haight | Client Development Coordinator | Tiffany & Co.
We were very pleased with your music for our event. You showed up on time, had a great set up with sound equipment and the music was very well liked. I will continue to use you at events for our hospital and recommend you for anyone interested.
Mark Eggleston | Director Hospitality Services
Overlake Hospital Medical Center Bellevue WA
Composed & Performed Music for CD's: French, Italian German and Spanish in 10 minutes a day. AUDIO CD's available on Amazon, Borders etc...
Studied and performed with Brazilian musicians; Arnaldinho do Cavaco, Guinga, Marcos Silva, Hamilton de Holanda, Carlos Oliveira. Studied classical guitar with Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Guillermo Fierens (a student of Segovia).
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Children's Birthday Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
PARTIAL LIST of SONGS
Corcovado - bossa novaA C Jobim
Canon in DPachelbel
Brigas Nuncas MaisA C Jobim
El Choclo - tangotrad.
Besame MuchoConsuelo Velasquez
Sons de CarilhoesPernambuco
Romanza (Spanish folk song)anonymous
Jesu Joy of mans desiringBach
Recuerdos de la AlhambraTarrega
Sabor A MiAlvaro Carrillo
Prelude in d minorBach
One Note SambaA C Jobim
MeditationA C Jobim
Manha de Carnival (Bossa Nova)L Bonfa
Variations on the Magic Flute(Mozart)Fernando Sor
Minuet - Allegro - AndantinoFernando Sor
Cello Suite No. 1Bach
Study in Aminor & AmajorCarcassi
Etudes -Villa Lobos
Girl From IpanimaC. Jobim
The Shadow of Your SmileMercer
Capricho ArabeF. Sor
Here Comes the SunThe Beatles
The Days of Wine and RosesH. Mancini
All the Things We AreHammerstein/Kern
Willow Weep for MeAnn Ronell
Classical Acoustic Guitar
Jazz Acoustic Guitar
$200 - $1700
Classical guitar ; Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, Pepe Romero. Flamenco guitar ; Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Manitas de Plata, Sabicas. Brazilian ; Baden Powell, Luis Bonfa, Raphael Rabello. Jazz ; Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Django Reinhardt
Grand Opening in Seattle, WA on 05/23/2013
"Julian is an excellent musician! He's professional, accomodating and he's a talented accoustical guitarist. I would definitely book him again for another event and would recommend him to anyone looking for a musician for their event. He's really wonderful and a delight to work with . . ."
- Sarah A.
Wedding Ceremony in Seattle, WA on 05/19/2012
"Julian was an inspried choice for our wedding. We got so many compliments on what a wonderful addition his playing was for our service. He worked with us to customize our song list and to make sure our vision happened. He was so professional my officiants were beside themselves - THEY LOVED HIM. He was fantastic, made our day that much more special and his professionalism and talent lay at the heart of his ability to make it all happen."
- Sumerlin L.
Retirement Party in Spanaway, WA on 08/11/2013
"What a pleasure it was to have Julian entertain at my husband's retirement party. His superb acoustical guitar music was the perfect complement for our mid-size crowd in our backyard venue. All our guests raved about Julian's performance. Julian was very considerate, prompt, & professional. He also gifted my husband a copy of his new CD, which is just amazing. We look forward to another opportunity to have Julian back again in the future."
- Judy J.
Fundraiser in Seattle, WA on 11/01/2011
"Julian was a pleasure to work with. His calm and professional demeanor was a plus to an important event. He has a great sense of what music to play when and at what volume. guests at our event loved his music and I received great feedback that his music made the event feel elegant."
- Terrence W.
Private Party in Seattle, WA on 09/12/2012
"Julian performed at a party that I had given as an auction item to raise funds for Treehouse. It was a gift to have live music, and more than a gift to hear music of this beauty from a performer of Julian's accomplishment and talent. Thank you so much!! "
- Jan H.
Retirement Party in Woodinville, WA on 08/31/2010
"Julian's music was perfect for our wine & cheese event at Chateau Ste. Michelle. He was very professional and his music created the perfect ambiance for our party. "
- Judy P.
Wedding Ceremony in Seattle, WA on 11/21/2009
"Julian was a complete professional in every way. He was easy to work with and was super knowledgeable and friendly in our discussion of wedding music for our event.
He was on time and played exquisitely. He added a very special touch to our unforgettable day!"
- Monica G.
Convention in Seattle, WA on 10/05/2011
"Julian was absolutely wonderful. He was extremely accomidating to my needs and his volume and music fit my dinner perfect. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who inquired. Julian a note to you thank you so much for being wonderful. Leann George"
- Leann G.
Celebration in Seattle, WA on 01/30/2011
"Julian was professional, accommodating and his music was beautiful. Would definitely recommend Julian for any occasion."
- Jeanie P.
Wedding in Edmonds, WA on 09/19/2008
"Thank you for enhancing the experience of all our guests by setting the mood for a great evening. Many people commented on what a great guitarist you are. Thanks again, we'll definitely keep you in mind for future events and would recommend to anyone wanting to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any occasion."
- Luis S.
Retirement Party in Seattle, WA on 06/12/2011
"Delightful! Julian was so easy to work with, very flexible. He was on time, unflappable and very talented! He worked in a tight space, played exactly what I had requested and even left us a CD of his music! We were more that satisfied. "
- Dorothy W.
Wedding in Seattle, WA on 08/22/2008
"Julian was stellar. His talent so evident and his demeanor so easy.
It was the perfect fit for our event (son's wedding). I had no doubt that our choice was the right one. Our family and guests were so impressed. The mood was relaxed and fun and the music just elevated the whole ambience to an even higher level. We thank Julian for his professionalism and his gift of music. He is forever part of the memories made on this special day. "
- Julie W.
Convention in Seattle, WA on 09/26/2008
"Julian was tremendous. He is a skilled musician with a ton of character and professionalism. I booked him for a conference I ran... I wish he live in Chicago where I live, work and plan more events ... I would hire him for all of time! "
- Brian L.
Wedding Ceremony in Seattle, WA on 08/14/2011
"Julian is a true professional. He has a rich knowlege and experience with weddings, and provides ideas and reveals issues with wedding logistics that is invaluable to planning the event. In the words of the groom, "he did a great job in managing the mob that was our guests"
His music is beautiful just perfect for the wedding we had. I highly recommend anyone planning a wedding to speak with Julian FIRST"
In addition to Seattle, Julian C will also travel to Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Port Gamble, Suquamish, Edmonds, Bothell, Mountlake Terrace, Bremerton, Kingston, Lynnwood, Poulsbo, Redmond, Everett, Port Orchard, Renton, Indianola, Silverdale, Woodinville, Keyport, Vashon, Issaquah, Olalla, Rollingbay, Snohomish, Hansville, Kent, Mukilteo, Seabeck
and many other locations in and around the Seattle area.
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