Señor Gato is a Caribbean jazz ensemble that has developed a reputation for tastefully merging Latin rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela and Puerto Rico with North American jazz and funk. Percussionist Dan Egger-Belandria initiated the project 1999 in Colorado and has since extended its reach to Austin, where he now resides. 

Señor Gato performs in Austin and Denver as a musical vision that captures the flavor of Latin jazz tradition. Because the band appeals to jazz aficionados, dance-inspired couples and children alike, Señor Gato has enjoyed warm response across ethnic and demographic boundaries in clubs, cafes, schools, festivals and private events.

Austin Musicians

Ari Dvorin - sax, flute & clarinet

Andy Rumelt - piano

Aldo Ramón - bass

Tim Nolan - piano

George Walker - bass


Denver Musians

Jon Cullison - bass
Dan Egger-Belandria - percussion
Dexter Payne - saxophone & clarinet
Marc Sabatella - piano

Pete Ellingson - piano

Robin Ruscio - bass

Jose Espino - percussion

Señor Gato usually performs as an instrumental trio or quartet in both cities; the full quintet is available in Denver, adding vocalist Wendy Fopeano.