Karabali’s sound hearkens back to the classic New York “conjunto” sound popularized by artists like Johnny Pacheco, Conjunto Clasico and Conjunto Libre. Following in that lineage, Karabali’s sound emphasizes swing and joyful energy.
The group’s co-leaders have performed and recorded with almost every major Latin artist of the last 30 years, from Eddie Palmieri and Carlos Santana to Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. Additionally, they’ve received multiple GRAMMY Awards and nominations for their work for internationally recognized jazz, Latin jazz and pop artists.
Their band boasts a who’s-who of San Francisco Bay Area Latin music all-stars, including vocalist/percussionist Edgardo Cambon, pianist Bob Karty, bassist Steve Senft-Herrera, and flustist Miguel Martinez. This is filled out by Jeff Cressman and Marty Wehner on trombone and Bill Ortiz on trumpet. These band members have recorded collaborations with Tito Puente, Boz Scaggs, Carlos Santana, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Pete Escovedo, Herbie Hancock and Sheila E.