CABANIJAZZ PROJECT was originally formed in January of 2008 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico where Javier Cabanillas was residing and the city where his musical career began. CABANIJAZZ PROJECT started as a quintet performing regularly in local venues and quickly booked for upcoming National and International festivals. The quintet consisted of one horn, electric guitar, bass, drums and congas. After six months, the project grew from a quintet to an octet with a three horn section with Tenor Saxes and Trombone. By 2009, the project recorded a promotional album and by 2010 they released their material entitled "Live in Tijuana" making them ambassadors of Latin Jazz along the border region of San Diego/Tijuana. After a relocation to San Francisco Bay Area in early 2011, Javier Cabanillas began working as a conga player with Pacific Mambo Orchestra before they won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Latin Tropical Album of the Year beating our super stars Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives. Javier Cabanillas began collaborating as a side man with several projects in SF Bay Area and supplied original compositions and/or arrangements gaining publication ratings. After encouragements by colleague musician Jean-Paul Balmat (Musical Director at Mission Bay High School) to put the CABANIJAZZ PROJECT together for a Jazz Series show case in San Diego (2016), and encouragements by Radio Legend, Jessy Chuy Varela, Javier Cabanillas wrote 12 original compositions in three months and added 20+ songs to their repertoire from instrumental to vocal leading songs expanding their audiences. CABANIJAZZ PROJECT launched in April 2016 with members of the original project and included new members of San Francisco based musicians in San Diego at Dizzy's Jazz Club. The following month in May, CABANIJAZZ PROJECT debuts in San Francisco at Cigar Bar & Grill on a Latin Jazz night and quickly were invited to perform at Salsa Nights. In June 2016, CABANIJAZZ PROJECT heads back South to Los Angeles to record a promotional video at Soultone Studios. Since then, CABANIJAZZ PROJECT has been very active in San Francisco Latin Jazz and Salsa Scenes performing at Redwood City Salsa Festival 2016 to 20,000 attendees, and is currently booked for San Jose Jazz Festival in August 2017. The project is looking to record their first commercially release album of original compositions
"CABANIJAZZ PROJECT is led by conguero extraordinaire, GRAMMY® Award-Winning, Javier Cabanillas, the next generation of stars." - KCSM 91.1FM Jessy Chuy Varela Latin Jazz Show.
The project plays original music composed by Javier Cabanillas and they have rearranged classic tunes of Tito Puente, Cheo Feliciano and Eddie Palmieri; while adding their own rhythmic styles and making them irresistibly unique for both ends of the spectrum; the refined listener and the hardcore salseros!
Downbeat Magazine rates two of Javier Cabanillas's compositions with four stars, placing the album 'This Could be That' on the list for Best of Latin Jazz Album of 2016.
Javier's titled track "Esto Puede Ser Eso (This Could be That) was published and coined as a Slinky Cha Cha Cha." - Downbeat Magazine.
Stay tuned for their first commercially release album of original material.