The group started as a quintet, performing regularly in local venues and quickly booked for upcoming national and international festivals. After six months, the project grew from a quintet to an octet, with a three horn section with Tenor Saxes and Trombone.
In 2010, they released Live in Tijuana, making them ambassadors of Latin Jazz along the border region of San Diego/Tijuana. After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in early 2011, Cabanillas began working as a conga player with Pacific Mambo Orchestra before they won a GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Tropical Album. He began collaborating as a side man with several projects throughout the Bay Area, supplying original compositions and arrangements that earned raves.
Cabanijazz Project re-launched in April 2016 with an ensemble comprised of both original members and new SF-based based musicians in San Diego at Dizzy’s Jazz Club. The following month in May, they debuted in San Francisco at Cigar Bar & Grill on a Latin Jazz night, and quickly were invited to perform at salsa nights.
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. They will soon record their first commercial release of original compositions.