Edgardo Cambon was nicknamed “El Sonero Del Uruguay” by master Cuban pianist Jesús “Chucho” Valdes while singing with his group “Irakere” at the Habana Jazz Festival. Edgardo started his professional career at the early age of 9, singing Tangos on public TV, and playing traditional "Bombo Leguero" (a low pitch double headed drum, very popular throughout South America) as well as the Uruguayan Candombe drums. When he turned thirteen, he heard Santana's "Abraxas" album. "I got so excited that my father bought me a cheap bongo so I would stop “drumming” on the back of my Spanish guitar!"
Cambon bought his first LP instrument, an Original Model Conga when he was 15, while living in Buenos Aires "It cost the equivalent of a three monthly salary, but was worth it and I had to have it," he recalls fondly.
Cambon has performed and toured throughout South America, Europe and Africa and resides in the USA since 1987. Although mainly self taught, he has also traveled to Cuba many times since 1989, where he studied at the ENA (National School of Arts) in Havana and privately with master drummers Jose Luis "Changuito" Quintana, Vizcano Guillot, Octavio Rodriguez and Justo Pelladito among others, and while in Cuba, he performed at the Havana Jazz and Benny Moré Festivals.
Edgardo has performed and/or recorded with artists such as "Chucho" Valdes (Irakere), Carlos Santana, José Luis “Changuito” Quintana, Joan Baez, Claudia Gomez, Jerry Rivera, Eddie Santiago, Keith Terry (Crosspulse), “Los Muñequitos de Matanzas”, Omar Sosa, Mark Levine, Andy Narell, Sovosó (formerly Bobby Mc Ferrin's "Voicestra") Mike Spiro, Karl Perazzo, Rebeca Mauleón, Jackie Rago, Richard Olsen Big Band, Los Compas, Sol y Luna Band, Maraca, Eddie Montalvo, Giovanni Hidalgo, Johnny Rodriguez, Armando Peraza and many others.
Currently teaching at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda California, and at the Jazz School in Berkeley, Edgardo is also an active clinician/educator, having taught workshops on Afro-Cuban and Afro-Uruguayan Percussion and vocals in many universities throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He also taught percussion for five years at Folsom State Prison, a maximum security institution, where percussion was a part of the rehabilitation program.
San Francisco Symphony has hired Cambon and his 5tet “LaTiDo” (Spanish for Heartbeat) several times for the Adventures In Music (AIM) program, presenting Latin Music to thousands of Elementary school children.
Edgardo leads his own Salsa/Latin Jazz band, "Candela", in which he handles both the conga playing and lead vocal responsibilities simultaneously! Candela just celebrated 24 years of continuous success, making them one of the oldest and most re-known Salsa Bands in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their 2000 recording, "Madre Rumba, Padre Son," has been pre-nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best Spanish Male Vocalist category. The recording has earned great reviews by the San Francisco Chronicle, The East Bay Express, The Bay Guardian, Descarga.com, SalsaPower.com and The Latin Beat Magazine.
Their second released CD, “Celebrando 20 Años,” has become a classic in the Salsa dancing clubs and radio stations world wide.
In October 2011, Cambon will present the premier of “URUBANDA” possibly the only Band in United States dedicated exclusively to play Uruguayan drumming styles and rhythms: “Candombe” and “Murga.”
Cambon would never settle for less than playing LP drums. "LP instruments help me make the music that comes from my heart and they are also durable enough to withstand my busy playing schedule," he says. "Making people want to dance and have a great time is, to me, what music is all about."