Gato Maestro is a 5-piece groove machine fueled by soul, and greased with funk. Originating in Durham, NC, the group came together to explore original ideas that combined their favorite elements of music: expressive improvisation, soulful vocals, and bone-shuddering groove. The group is heavily influenced by American soul and R&B, and committed to a devout love of jazz and blues music. These influences have allowed for a unique synthesis of instrumental musicality that could stand alone, but is paired with a distinctly rich vocal sound that inspires audience singalongs. Key influences include Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Sam and Dave, Snarky Puppy, 3 Dog Night, Jaco Pastorius, and Wilson Pickett.


  • Kyle Hodgin on drums
  • Chase Pickett on vocals.
  • Justin Bell on bass.
  • Ben Smith on keys.
  • Paul Weisenfeld on horns.

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