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The dynamic Mexican conga player Javier Cabanillas has come a long way since he started performing in pop-up flea markets in the streets of Tijuana. A few years ago, the Bay Area resident walked the red carpet in Los Angeles and took home a Grammy Award for his work with San Francisco-based Pacific Mambo Orchestra. After that triumphant experience, he decided to concentrate on writing and arranging for his Cabanijazz Project, which has been creating a unique sound called “New Cali-Mambo & Retro Salsa.” This seven-piece band brings to their shows many of the region’s top Latin music artists, featuring on occasion Omar Ledezma Jr. and Christelle Durandy.
CABANIJAZZ PROJECT members:
Javier Cabanillas - Congas, Composer, Band Leader
Jamie Dubberly - Trombone
Ben Torres - Tenor Sax
Aaron Lington - Baritone Sax
Julio de la Cruz - Rhodes Piano
Kevin Silveira - Bass
Brian Andres - Latin Drum Set Hybrid
CABANIJAZZ PROJECT was born in 2008 at the most unorthodox geographic location; not the Caribbean, nor Cuba or Puerto Rico, nor Miami or New York, but rather, Tijuana. Where you'll find amongst the smells of street tacos, tequilas, and burnt rubber from flat tires while trying to avoid street pot holes. Essentially, at that time, CABANIJAZZ PROJECT was from the most Northern corner of all of Latin America; playing Latin Jazz within a musical scene dominated by Norteñas, Corridos, Banda, Mariachis, and Rock n' Español. CABANIJAZZ PROJECT built a following, headlined Cross-Border Festivals, and left a legacy of Latin Jazz Music in the region after they relocated further North on to the other side of "La Linea" known as the US-Mexican Border.
CABANIJAZZ PROJECT resides in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2011 and continues to create and record new original music, performs live at prominent festivals and has been gaining an increasing following.
Recent and Past Venues:
-Yerba Buena Garden Festival SF
-Oakland Museum's Friday Series
-San Jose Jazz Festival
-Sonoma Valley Jazz Festival
-Portola Vineyard Jazz Festival
-Jazz in the Neighborhood Series
-Carnegie Arts Center Turlock
-Empress Theatre Gala Night
-Ohlone College 50th Anniversary Gala
-Redwood City Salsa Festival
-Soultone Studios in LA
-San Diego Dizzy's Jazz Club
-Live Performance at KPFA 94.1FM Dj Luis Medina
-Bodhi Tree Concert Series
Look out for new recordings and shows near you.
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