Playing tenor, alto, soprano, baritone saxophones; flute, alto flute, bass flute and spoken word, Katisse Buckingham endevors to break down barriers between musical genres and has always resonated with Duke Ellington's famous quote, "There are two kinds of music- good music, and the other kind". Growing up in Los Angeles, he cites Miles Davis, Run DMC, James Taylor, Malcolm Mclaren, Bach, Cachao, AC/DC, and Weather Report as equally important early influences. Katisse attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. College took him to The Grove School of Music where he studied with multi Grammy winner, Rob McConnell. He also studied extensively with woodwind master, Bill Green.
Katisse has performed and/or recorded with Yellowjackets, Prince, Billy Childs, Dr. Dre (including The Chronic), Herbie Hancock, Roy Ayers, Andy Summers, Zawinul Legacy Band, Airto & Flora Purim, LA Guitar Quartet, Brian Auger, Amos Lee, Strunz & Farah, Down To The Bone, Snoop Dog, Rakim, Anderson.Paak, Colin Hay, Ebi, Poncho Sanchez, MSM Schmidt (including Life with Allan Holdsworth and Dave Weckl), Don Grusin, Pete Yorn, John Daversa, Paris, The Angel, Mongorama, Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, Scott Kinsey Group, Gordon Goodwin, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (Tribe Called Quest), LA Saxophone Union, J.D. Souther, Lyle Workman, Russ Irwin (Aerosmith), Oscar Hernandez, Dave Douglas, David Binney, Hubert Laws, Virgil Donati, Terri Lyne Carrington, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Haslip, Michael Buble, Lionel Richie, Judith Hill, and Vanessa Paradis among others. He has played on numerous films including (improvising) the "Jazz Flute" scene for the Will Ferrell film Anchorman- The Legend of Ron Burgundy (featured in the Hal Leonard book- 25 Great Flute Solos), the Golden Globe winning score to the Robert Redford film All Is Lost and is a featured soloist on the Universal Pictures animated film Minions, Warner Bros Smallfoot, Crazy Rich Asians, La La Land (with John Legend), The Jesus Rolls (sequel to The Big Lebowski), Between Two Ferns- The Movie, Sponge Bob 3 (Hans Zimmer). Television shows include The Simpsons, Perpetual Grace, Love (Judd Apatow), The Kaminsky Method, The Spoils of Babylon (Will Ferrell), Luke Cage, Chi, Penny Dreadful, among others. Katisse also composed and performed the 'flute only' score to the upcoming film Let's Scare Julie To Death (due out in 2020). Clinics and masterclasses at USC, UCLA, Cal State Northridge, University of Montana, Sacramento State, University of Idaho, Cal State Long Beach, Azuza Pacific University,West Texas A&M, Pomona College, Cal Arts, and University of Miami.
Photo Credit: Ian Barling
Katisse plays D'Addario Woodwinds products. On tenor saxophone: Jazz Select Filed #3M reeds, Alto saxophone: Jazz Select Filed #2M, Soprano Saxophone: Hemke #2 1/2 reeds, and Baritone Saxophone: Jazz Select Filed #2H. As well Rico Reeds Cases, D'Addario Cork Grease, and Reserve Mouthpiece Patches.