Written by on May 6, 2019


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.


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


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