Grammy-winning trombonist Jamie Dubberly formed Orquesta Dharma in 2008 originally as a studio project to record some original afro-cuban jazz material he had written and arranged. Since then the group has released two critically successful albums, and has performed live to enthusiastic audiences all over the California Bay Area, and central California.
The group’s debut album “Road Warrior” ( 2011), won the Latin Jazz Corner’s “next generation album of the year”, and appeared in Latin Beat Magazine’s top 10 albums of the year, as well as appearing on the salsa charts in Cali, Colombia, and in New York city for their take on Eddie Palmieri’s “Vamanos Pa’l Monte”. Their current release, “La Clave del Gumbo” (2014), is a fusion of New Orleans style brass band and soul music, with afro-cuban jazz and salsa, and has received critical acclaim, reaching the CMJ and JazzWeek charts and peaking at #2 on the NYC based salsa charts (NewGenSalsa) with their version of the iconic salsa dura classic “La Esencia del Guaguanco”. Music from this album has been featured on Sirius/XM satellite radio, the syndicated jazz radio show “Jazz after Hours”, and was broadcast to millions of listeners as part of a “sports and music spotlight” segment for Sports ByLine USA in March 2015.
Latin Jazz Network’s Raul DeGama describes the music from La Clave del Gumbo as an “explosion of rhythm adorning inebriated melody and harmony” in his April 5, 2015 review of the disc, which was selected as “Album of The Week”. Orquesta Dharma’s lineup includes a veritable “ who’s who” of the bay area jazz and latin scenes, including Brian Andres, drums, Christian Tumalan, piano, Sam Bevan and Fred Randolph, bass, Carlos Caro, percussion, Omar Ledezma jr, percussion and vocals, Braulio Barrera, percussion and vocals, Silvestre Martinez, percussion, Javier Cabanillas, percussion, Pete Cornell, tenor saxophone and flute, Charlie Gurke, baritone sax, Darren Smith , baritone sax, and Mike Rinta, tuba and trombone, with special guests appearing on the current album such as Karl Perazzo, Wayne Wallace, Willy Torres, Steffen Kuehn, Christian Pepin, Joe Bagale, and Andy Nevala.