Jazz Pianist/Recording Artist
Jazz Pianist and International Recording Artiste, Boy Katindig, comes from a well-known
clan of musicians who pioneered latin jazz in Manila. His father is Philippines' jazz
legend/pianist/arranger, Romy Katindig.
He learned the rudiments of music from his father and uncles (Romy Katindig & the Hi-
Chords). He was a multi-instrumentalist but chose the piano as his main instrument.
1970's Band Scene in Manila
At the age of 14, he was one of the original members of the famed 14-piece Circus Band.
He also played with the jazz band, Bits & Pieces for a brief moment in Manila. After being
Musical Director and recording the album Now Batukada, he formed the Boy Katindig
Band in 1978.
1978 - 1984 in Manila, Philippines
In 1978, Boy signed up with A&W Records International and recorded several albums under
the Horizon label. Midnight Lady, his first album, was awarded Best Instrumental
Composition by the Himig Awards and a Gold Record Award for the single which preceded
it, Don't Ask My Neighbor. The album was released in the U.S. by PAUSA, who had
contemporary jazz pioneers, Tom Grant & Alphonse Mouzon in its artist roster.
After Midnight followed and then, Love Fusion, which Boy describes as Horizon Record's
signature jazz project. The album garnered awards for Best Jazz Instrumental and Best
Performance in a Jazz Composition for It's Still September from the Cecil Music Awards
His vocal composition, Capture The Changes, featured in a single by Horizon was
awarded Best Vocal Jazz Composition. The Boy Katindig Band which spawned out of the
Midnight Lady release was also voted Best Jazz Group by the Aliw Awards Foundation
consecutively for three years.
In My Inner Fantasies featured his top-selling Double Platinum vocal hit, I'll Always Stay
In Love This Way. Consistent airplay plus, a series of successful concerts throughout
Manila and neighboring cities followed each album release, making Boy's name
synonymous to contemporary jazz and, as its main exponent from the Philippines.
One significant event was a sold-out concert with Japanese jazz harpist, Tadao Hayashi, at
the famous Big Dome, the Araneta Coliseum where major concerts of international Artists
and the biggest local Artists take place.
Boy finally overcame the obstacles which often befall the progeny of many recording
Artistes and, in the interim, established a key element in ensuring his professional survival:
1984 - 1986 in Kuala Lumpur & Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
He took an opportunity in Kuala Lumpur to play at a hotel. The hotel owner took notice of
Boy's talent and built what became the legendary jazz club in Malaysia, The Manhattan,
primarily to showcase his style of music—jazz fusion.
He got together Malaysia's best musicians including now, legendary drummer, Lewis
Pragasam, to play with him and they were called, The Waves, pioneer of jazz fusion in
Notable performance is with Shakuhachi flautist, John Kaizan Neptune at the Pyramid
1986 - 1989 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Realizing the need for growth and international acceptance, Boy decided to move to the
United States, the homeland of his craft. With his father moving to the U.S. and dreams of
performing his music to a wider audience, Boy finally made Los Angeles, California his
He is the first Filipino contemporary jazz artist to be played in two main jazz stations,
KKGO of Los Angeles and KBLX of San Francisco.
1989 - 1994 in Hawaii, U.S.A.
After concerts in Los Angeles and San Francisco, in 1990, he produced and recorded his
first U.S. album, together with L.A. jazz luminaries, Gerald Albright, Abraham Laboriel,
Brandon Fields, Phil Upchurch, Russ Freeman, Brenda Eager, Robert Greenidge and Delward
Atkins. It was the first fusion album by a Filipino in the United States.
Boy's performances led him to Hawaii where he met saxophonist, Michael Paulo, famous
for his stints with Al Jarreau, Kalapana, James Ingram, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Loggins, Patti
Austin and mutual friend, David Benoit. Michael, who was looking for Artists for his record
company, Noteworthy Records, took a notice of Boy's indie release, Journey To Love, and
produced his self-titled CD release in 1995.
His band, the Boy Katindig & Friends, in association with CD 101.9 Smooth Jazz of Hawaii,
performed to packed and enthusiastic audiences in Oahu's premier nightspots.
1995 - 1997 back in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
After the release of Boy's self-titled CD from Noteworthy Records, performances around
Los Angeles followed with Boy joining the Michael Paulo Band featuring Seawind's Pauline
Wilson. Most significant of these performances was at the Japan-American Theatre and at
the 94.7 Wave A la Carte, which featured Artists like Branford Marsalis, Jeff Lorber, Tom
Scott, Peter White and Rick Braun.
Puerto Princessa, a track from his Noteworthy release was featured in Jazziz Magazine's
CD compilation for May 1995, together with Spyro Gyra's Lost & Found, Joe Farrell's
Mode for Joe, Dori Caymmi's Irresistable, Bill Evans' London House, and Joe Lovano &
Gunther Schuler's Rush Hour on 23rd Street.
1997 - present in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Boy Katindig has been based here since and has made the rounds and headlined his own
show rooms at the top casino and hotels at the Las Vegas Strip such as, The Bellagio,
Palazzo, Venetian, Mandalay Bay and Paris and is a regularly featured Artist at the yearly
Jazz festivals by Oasis 105.7 and The Point 97.1 (Jazz At The Lake festivals).
He also became the tour pianist/keyboardist of Peak recording Artist, Paul Taylor. He has
established his own label, Kool Kat Productions, released his well-received smooth jazz
CD, Groovin' High, garnering great reviews and regular airplay in the U.S. smooth jazz
Boy Katindig has been a household name in the smooth jazz scene since.
2010 - present in the Philippines & Las Vegas, U.S.A.
In 2010, Boy was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Philippine Association of
the Recording Industry at the 23rd Awit Awards in recognition of his continuous exemplary
and outstanding achievement as one of the pioneering artistes in the propagation of
Original Pilipino Music and as an award-winning songwriter and producer. Since, he has
been dedicating the bulk of his time performing and promoting contemporary jazz music
around the Philippines and contributing to the rekindling of the local live music and OPM
scene with a focus on his chosen genre. His latest achievement is the success of the first
Boy Katindig Jazz Competition—the first songwriting and jazz band competition in the
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