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Edgardo is a much in demand Bay Area musician, with over 33 years of professional experience as a musician and educator.
An LP (Latin Percussion Co.) endorser for over a decade now, Mr. Cambón has performed or recorded with artist such as Jesús “Chucho” Valdés (Irakere,) Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Santana, Claudia Gomez, Keith Terry and “Crosspulse,” Omar Sosa, Jeff Narell, Andy Narell, Sovosó (formerly Bobby Mc. Ferrin’s “Voicestra”), Karl Perazzo, Mike Spiro, Conga Virtuoso Giovanni Hidalgo, "Los Muñequitos De Matanzas" (Cuba) Conga legend Armando Peraza, Wayne Wallace, Rebeca Mauleón, Puerto Rican Salsa romántica mega star Jerry Rivera, Jackie Rago and the “Sol y Luna Band,” among many others.
Edgardo has taught workshops on Afro-Cuban Percussion and Vocals in many Universities throughout the U.S.A, Europe and South America . He taught for five years at Folsom State Prison, a maximum security institution where percussion is part of the rehabilitation program. And he has been staff teacher at Cazadero Family Camp for 10 years.
For the last 22 years, Edgardo has led the Bay Area’s favorite Salsa/Latin Jazz band "Candela" in which he doubles as Conga Drummer and Lead Vocalist. "Candela" has recorded 3 CD's, the most recent "Celebrando 20 Años" has been called a "Pillar Point in the Bay Area Latin Music Scene" by Latin Beat Magazine (LA).
As a teacher, Edgardo has mastered the ability to adapt to the level of even the slowest learner student, and he transfers the knowledge acquired in 33 years of professional career to the students with ease and in a fun and loving-no pressure-atmosphere.
J. V. June 9, 2010
"I started taking conga lessons with Edgardo at age seven and he has worked with me to develop my musical skills for more than 10 years. Edgardo is an extremely skilled and multi-talented professional musician, and his knowledge of Salsa, Latin music, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms is extensive. He's also a great teacher and a wonderful person. There's nothing like learning an instrument from a lifetime professional conguero, and Edgardo is the best. "
Orlando S. June 6, 2010
"Proud to say I'm a student of Edgardo Cambon. Maestro and friend. Has shared his wisdom when I was down. Never a missed beat. Good luck Maestro !"
Marty K. June 5, 2010
"Ive been studying Afro-Cuban percussion with Edgardo Cambon for about seven years. He's a great musician and a superb teacher who seems to know all the tricks for getting students where they want to go. I've never had a bad lesson, or even a mediocre lesson. Edgardo makes each and every lesson meaningful and memorable. Since he's not my first teacher I have a way to compare his effectiveness as a teacher to others, and that's why I'm still his student after all these years. The subject of Afro-Cuban music and percussion is vast but Edgardo seems to know more than most, having himself studied with some of the people who invented the music, like Jose Luis Quintana(Changuito). There is no question about recommending him to others. He's the real deal if you want to learn any of a number of styles of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Carribean, or Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms."
Rita H. June 4, 2010
"Edgardo is gifted and energetic teacher. I learned the fundamentals of congas and timbales from him and every lesson was packed with great practice routines and performance tips. He knows latin music inside out, drawing on years of experience as a percussionist, singer, songwriter and bandleader. He gave our latin jazz ensemble the pivotal feedback we needed for your first gig. He's got something for everyone from rank beginner to experience professional. All this and he's a ton of fun. "