We are saddened to inform you that our former trombone player George Kaatee passed away last Monday 26 November. He was a great musician, much loved colleague and friend. We will miss him greatly.
23 January 1941 - 26 November 2018
George started playing guitar (he took lessons from Arie Ligthart) when he was 12 years old in The Sunny Boys of which he was co-founder. In 1956 the name of the band was changed into The Storktown Dixie Kids and George switched to trombone.
In 1960 George was invited to join the New Orleans Syncopators for a tour through Austria and Germany. This was so successful that he left the Stork Town Dixie Kids. When leader Jan Burgers left the New Orleans Syncopators in 1974, George took over as leader and manager.
George has also played from time to time with other bands, such as Ted Easton's Jazz Band, Down Town Jazz Band, The Swing Society, The Cosy Corner Street Paraders, The Dixieland All Stars, Rob Madna's Big Band and The New Radio West All Stars. George also worked as a studio musician, and played on many pop recordings of Hans Vermeulen's Rainbow Train, Tee-Set and Golden Earring. He also worked for record producers Peter Koelewijn, Job Maarsen and Clous van Mechelen.
During his career, George Kaatee has played with many American jazz musicians including Teddy Wilson, Gene "Mighty Flea" Conners, Tony Scott, Jimmy and Marion McPartland, Vic Dickenson, John Clayton, Cat Anderson, Bud Freeman, Buddy Tate, Nelson Williams, Albert Nicholas, Dick Cary, Ralph Sutton, Lillian Boutté, Don Byas, Spiegle Willcox and Benny Waters.
Between 1979-2000 George was teaching at the cultural centre Het Koorenhuis in The Hague. He led the big band, four dixieland groups, and taught trombone, arranging and improvisation, besides being consultant to the jazz department.
In 1999 George Kaatee joined the Dutch Swing College Band with whom he played the trombone and wrote many of the band’s arrangements. George was jointly responsible for reinstating the original sound of the Dutch Swing College Band, toured all around the globe (Australia, Israel, South East Asia, all European countries) and made many recordings with the DSCBand until he retired in 2012.
Video - Dutch Swing College Band Live in Burghausen 2007