Karl Perazzo, Timbales
Julio De La Cruz, Bass
Born in Cuba Julio started playing professionally at the age of 16. Played in successful rock bands who were signed @EMI records in 1968 and Polydor records in 1970.
Later, he moved to the Bay Area in 1973 where he has performed and recorded with several artists, including: Pharoah Sanders, Richie Cole, Joyce Cooling, Lester Chambers (Chamber Brothers), Tom Johnston (Doobie Brothers), Lenny Williams (Tower of Power), Malo, Kitty Margolis, Lidya Pence(Cold Blood), Taj Mahal, Larry Harllow, Tito Nieves, Tito Puente, Rey Pedro Conga, Benny Velarde, Loui Romero, Tony Vega, and AVANCE.
Omar Ledezma Jr., Timbales
From Caracas, Venezuela, GRAMMY Award Winner Omar Ledezma Jr. has been playing professionally since the age of 13.
At the age of 17, he found him performing in every corner of his native country. National musical acclaim rested light on the shoulders of Ledezma as 1995 found him a graduate of one of the most prestigious Law Schools in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1998 Omar packed one bag and one drum to begin his move to Boston, Massachusetts after making a passionate commitment to study at Berklee College of Music, Boston and then New York City held many challenges and provided many opportunities. Moving to the Bay Area in 2005, Omar has committed himself not to "bring the music back" or "take the music forward" but thrive upon embracing "the existing".
Javier Cabanillas, Conga
Javier Cabanillas is a conga player, composer and educator based out of San Francisco, CA. His versatility, dedication and passion has allowed him to tour with Tito Puente Jr., Marlow Rosado, Willy Torres (Spanish Harlem Orchestra) and has collaborated with artists such as Tito Nieves, Sheila E., Arturo Sandoval, Alex Acuña (Elvis Presley and Weather Report), Tania Libertad, Frankie Negrón, Karl Perazzo (Carlos Santana), Brian Jordan (Lauryn Hill), Ray Obiedo (Herbie Hancock), Adrian Terrazas-Gonzales (The Mars Volta), Tommy Igoe, Tom E. Politzer (Tower of Power), Jerry Gonzalez (Fort Apache Band), Calixto Oviedo (NG La Banda), Louie Romero (Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz), Jesus Florido (Whitney Houston), La Palabra, Lucky 7 Mambo, B-Side Players, John Santos, Jesus Diaz, and Los Cenzotles just to name a few.
Braulio Barrera, Bongo
Born in Peru Braulio Barrera started playing Peruvian folkloric music at age 5 on the Cajon, claves, bell Congas and Bongos… Once mastering the streets of Peru, he moved to L.A. to play with Chino Espinoza, Tabaco Eron, among many others in the Salsa scene. He’s been on endless recording playing percussion and as lead vocals!
Currently Braulio plays with Pacific Mambo Orchestra and Montuno Swing weekly. You can hear Braulios percussion and Lead Vocals on a bran New Track by Montuno Swing written and Produced by Christian Tumalan: Renta de Tula.