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Catallo, Chet (11th March 1953-Present)

Guitarist, producer and songwriter from Rochester, New York, who was an early member of Spyro Gyra and appeared on their first seven albums. He also penned a handful of their hits, including “Café Amore”, “It Doesn’t Matter”, and “Lovin’ You”.

In the 1980s, he left the band and started his own outfit called Chet Catallo and The Cats. They are best known for playing live shows but released their first album First Take in 2010.

Chet also has his own production house, Chet Catallo Productions, which has been in operation since 1993. It allows him to do some studio work while keeping a foot in the door at local venues such as the Merchants Grill and Water Street Music Hall.

For a sampling of Chet’s fretwork, check out The Best of Spyro Gyra—The First Ten Years.

Spyro Gyra recordings
Morning Dance (Jay Beckenstein)
Infinity Records INF-50,011 (IN100,050)

Here he is performing guitar on his First Take..