Mambo Caribe is made up of some the finest Jazz musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area. With its heavy influence of Afro-Cuban rhythms, a traditional West Coast Latin Jazz sound is always at the core of the ensemble. Guitarist/composer Ray Obiedo formed Mambo Caribe in 2002 to further explore his love of Latin music. His compositions for the group are drawn from many musical influences, including mainstream Jazz, Brazilian, Afro/Funk, and Caribbean. The rhythm section includes some of Obiedo’s mainstays over the past few years: steel pan player Phil Hawkins, pianist Bob Karty, percussionist Derek Rolando, bassist Dave Belove, and drummer Colin Douglas. Timbale great Pete Escovedo will join the ensemble. Mambo Caribe works with a wonderfully rich array of textures and colors, melding together all of it’s musical elements for a delightfully distinct Bay Area flavor.
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