Afternoon Lunch Music
Saxophonist Mike Titlebaum and vocalist Catherine Gale lead a jazz group for an evening of great songs and beautiful, swinging jazz. Mike Titlebaum has played at infamous musical venues such as the Blue Note, Smalls, Augies, Fez/Time Café and the legendary CBGB’s as well as the pit orchestra of the Broadway musical “Cats.” He has performed with dozens of internationally recognized artists and groups such as John Hollenbeck, Gary Versace, Red Rodney, Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Cab Calloway, Jeff Tyzik, Natalie Cole, Billy Taylor, Mel Torme, Branford Marsalis, Billy Hart, Paquito D’Rivera, Jason Robert Brown and the Mingus Big Band. During daytime hours, Mike directs the jazz studies program at the Ithaca College School of Music, where he teaches jazz saxophone, arranging, improvisation, theory, and directs the hard-swinging Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble.
Catherine Gale was raised in a family of musicians and has been singing since the age of three. She has sung with many groups in Central New York, including the Ithaca Jazz Quartet, the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, and Walter White’s “Small Medium @ Large.” For more than 15 years, she performed as a freelance singer in and around New York City, singing with a variety of groups including The Warren Vache Quintet, The Peter Deutchen Orchestra, Manhattan Sound, The Bronx Arts Ensemble and The Swing Mavens. Though much of her work is as a featured singer, Ms Gale has always been a fan of, and a performer in jazz vocal groups. She toured extensively with Swing Fever, and over the years has been a member of such groups as The Swing Syndicate, Lance Hayward Singers, New Voice of Hope, & Sharp Five. She attended Oberlin College and completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music. She currently teaches at Opus Ithaca.