A Musical Journey
Eduardo Katindig Jr., also known to his colleagues as Tateng Katindig, has been involved with the music scene at a young age. He started piano lessons when he was seven years old and never parted ways with the instrument. He spent his college years at the University of the Philippines majoring in keyboard concentration. He started with classical piano and paved his way to what he loves doing now- JAZZ!!!
He relocated to the United States in the year 2000. He was able to pave his way to playing with some Jazz greats like the late legendary drummer Earl Palmer in which he did a weekly gig with his trio for about three years at Charlie O’s in Valley Glen, Lou Rawls who frequented the club, Carl Saunders, the late great Teddy Edwards, Eloise Laws, Kevyn Lettau, Bill Henderson, David Pomeranz, and a whole lot more in the list. Today, he is busy with the smooth Jazz scene and he plays around the Los Angeles, Orange County, Bay Area and the San Diego area. This summer he has been busy playing at Jazz Festivals which he enjoys a lot.
Just like any musicians there were struggles in life upon reaching Los Angeles. He did not know where the Jazz clubs were and he did not know anyone. The magic started when he and his wife Dinah dropped by Charlie O’s in North Hollywood for a drink. It was the jam session night of the Earl Palmer Trio and they were looking for a pianist. He jammed a couple of songs and the bass player Ernie McDaniels said to make sure he leaves his number. The rest was history. He became the pianist of the Earl Palmer Trio after a few weeks of him sitting in. This is actually what opened up his world in the Jazz scene in Los Angeles. He started around 2001 and this ended three years after since Earl Palmer retired.
He has also played with several Filipino artists who visited the United States in the past years. He was the musical director for Martin Nievera, Ogie Alcasid, Becca Godinez and Dessa’s Hollywood Bowl performance with the Apl de Ap Foundation which was a great success.
When calamity strikes in our motherland, he is one person who would help out in fund raising events. He coordinates with all of his colleagues in the music industry and tries to give back to the Filipino people. As he said, “The talent I have is from God, and I love to share it with the people around me especially those in need.”
When he's not on stage, he's recording with great artists on their upcoming CD’s. He also teaches piano on the side when the schedule permits.
He released his first CD recorded here in the US last June 2010 called Half & Half. It was a compilation of some straight ahead Jazz & Blues and some Smooth Jazz music as well. The 2nd album which was recently launched last March 18, 2017 at the Alvas Showroom entitled “Impromptu” is out in the market. It was a very intimate venue and the people raved about it.