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LehCats Story

Seven musicians who define the terms artistry, teamwork and chemistry starting with the chemistry of the married couple of Karen and Norbert Stachel, the leaders of LehCats.  Their versatility is evident, and their ability to deliver and uplift both the music and the listener is profound.

LehCats is Norbert and Karen Stachels’ last name spelled backwards.  They perform original artistic and tasteful compositions that combine elements of Modern Jazz, Funk, R&B, Middle Eastern, Afro/Latin, and Rock creating a musical potpourri of creative sound. LehCats is a seven piece group consisting of Norbert Stachel, tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet, and flute, Karen Stachel, flute, alto flute, and piccolo, David Solomon, guitar, Gary Fisher, piano, John Benitez, bass, Renato Thoms, percussion, and Daniel Gonzalez on drums.
 
Norbert Stachel has toured, recorded, and performed with Tower Of Power, Flora Purim and Airto, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Prince, Boz Scaggs, Roger Waters, and countless others. Norbert co-leads the band with his wife Karen Stachel.

Karen Stachel has three released albums of as a solo artist. She works as a professional jazz and classical flutist in NYC, and prior to that, in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She can be heard on several movie soundtracks and commercials.  She is a member of the Wallace Roney Orchestra and a flutist/piccoloist with the New Amsterdam Symphony. 

David Solomon has worked with Al Jarreau, Chubby Checker, Bobby Caldwell, Bette Middler, Neil Sedaka, Tito Puente Jr. and Broadway Shows: Grease, On Your Feet, In The Heights, Cats, Miss Saigon, and many more. 

Edsel Gomez, 2007 Grammy award nominee is today one of the premier Latin Jazz pianists in the world.  He works with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jack DeJohnette, and vocalist Janis Siegel, to name a few.

John Benitez is a world renown bassist who has performed with Chick Corea, Winton Marsalis, Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Roy Hargrove, Danilo Perez and Giovanni Haldalgo (just to name a few).

Percussionist Renato Thoms abbreviated bio includes Rubén Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Pérez, Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, Ray Vega, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jon Lucien, Sol y Canto, Paquito D’Rivera, Victor Mendoza, Antonio Hart, and Hilton Ruiz.

Drummer Daniel Gonzalez has recorded and performed with Tom Harrell, Mark Murphy, Jesse Green, Urbie Green, to name a few.