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.
Ari Dvorin - sax, flute & clarinet
Andy Rumelt - piano
Ramón - bass
Tim Nolan - piano
George Walker - bass
Cullison - bass
Payne - saxophone & clarinet
Pete Ellingson - piano
Robin Ruscio - bass
Jose Espino - percussion
Gato usually performs as an instrumental trio or quartet in both cities; the full quintet is available in Denver, adding vocalist Wendy