Chet Catallo

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Chet Catallo
Birth name Chet Daniel Catallo
Born (1953-03-11) March 11, 1953 (age 61)
Rochester, New York, United States
Genres Jazz, soul, jazz fusion, blues, pop, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1962 to present
Labels Amherst Records, Infinity Records, MCA Records
Associated acts Spyro Gyra, Chet Catallo and the Cats
Website Chet Catallo Homepage
Notable instruments
Gibson ES-335, Gibson ES-347,[1] Gibson L-5[2]

Chet Catallo (born March 11, 1953)[3] is an American jazz, smooth jazz, jazz fusion, blues, pop, and rock guitarist. He is best known for his softer style of jazz fusion as performed with the group Spyro Gyra,[4] from 1978 through 1986.[5]

Catallo currently performs session recordings for a variety of artists and genre as well as his own band, Chet Catallo and the Cats. He lives in Rochester, New York.

Music career[edit]

In 1978, Catallo joined the group Spyro Gyra while they were recording the Morning Dance album. This record featured Chet’s composition “It Doesn't Matter”. During the years Chet was with Spyro Gyra the band earned six Grammy nominations. Chet composed and performed the songs Loving You (from the record Catch the Sun) and Cafe Amore (from the record Carnaval). In 1986 Chet formed the band Chet Catallo and the Cats. The band released the record “First Take” in 2010.[6]

Gear and equipment[edit]

He plays his custom shop Gibson ES-335 but has also played Gibson L-5. He uses Mesa Boogie amplifiers.[2]



  1. ^ "Spyro Gyra Official site – Discography". Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  2. ^ a b "About Us - Chet Catallo Productions, Inc". Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  3. ^ Certificate of Birth, State of New York 
  4. ^ Coelho, V. (Ed.). (2003). The Cambridge companion to the guitar. Cambridge University Press.
  5. ^ "Spyro Gyra Official site – About Us". Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  6. ^ a b "First Take - Chet Catallo | Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 

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