Marco Diaz was born and raised in San Francisco and was introduced to the trumpet in the fourth grade at E.R. Taylor Elementary School. His formal training in both piano and trumpet began at the age of 14. He earned a scholarship from the Community Music Center in San Francisco, and began playing professionally at the age of 17 throughout the Bay Area with various Latin Jazz, Salsa, Reggae, and R&B bands. Upon graduating from high school, he continued his studies at San Francisco State University pursing a Bachelors of Arts in Popular Music and a minor in Economics.

In addition to his studies Marco has been influenced by Afro-Cuban music through world renowned musicians, such as, Jesus Diaz, who he played and recorded with for eight years, John Santos, Orestes Vilato, Edgardo Cambon, and Carlos Caro.

 Today, Marco is an accomplished recording musician who has shared the stage with Grammy Award winning artist, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Nelson Gonzales, Jimmy Bosch, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Ska Cubano (Europe), Tito Rojas, Nino Segarra, Anthony Cruz, Anthony Blea, Jovino Santos Neto, Joe Santiago, and is an integral member of the John Santos sextet, Bobi Cespedes group, and Doug Beavers’ Orquesta Rovida. Marco has participated in the San Francisco Symphony AIM program since 2000 and currently produces records and performs music throughout the country while also co-leading Vission Latina, an Afro-Caribbean dance band.

Most recently, Marco completed seven full length recordings, ranging from electronica to Mexican folk, and is soon to release his first solo album.





Nicknamed “El Sonero Del Uruguay” by master Cuban pianist Jesús “Chucho” Valdes while singing with his group “Irakere” at the Habana Jazz Festival, the Montevideo born Edgardo Cambon started his professional career at the early age of 9, singing Tangos on public TV "Canal 5," 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, now an LP instruments endorser,  bought his first conga, an Original Model Conga when he was 15, while living in Buenos Aires "It cost the equivalent of three monthly salaries, but was worth it and I had to have it," he recalls fondly.

He 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 Jesús "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, Eddy Montalvo, Giovanni Hidalgo, Johnny Rodriguez, Armando Perazza and many others.

Currently teaching at Total Rhythm (Alameda, Ca.) The Jazz School in Berkeley and for SFJazz, the education programs of the San Francisco Jazz Festival,  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 Mr. Cambon 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 27 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.  

Visit “Edgardo & Candela” at http://www.musicandela.com

and check his music out at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/EdgardoCandela

In October 2011, Cambon presented the premier of “URUBANDA” possibly the only Band in United States dedicated exclusively to play Uruguayan drumming styles and rhythms: “Candombe” and “Murga.”