If I ever had a new aria to learn I would listen to Gedda first in order to make sure I was “doing it right.”
Garrett Harris 4 p.m., Feb. 27
RIYL: Gilbert Castellanos, Greyboy Allstars, Ozomatli, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Ex-Band Members: Steve Haney, Percussion
Influences: Tito Puente, Pirez Prado, Brand New Heavies, Greyboy Allstars, Ozomatli, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Bobby Matos Afro Latin Band, Michael Franti's Spearhead, KD3 (Karl Denson Trio), DJ Biz Markie, Giant People, Solemar Samba School
The Bi-National Mambo Orchestra was founded by trumpet player Bill Caballero, who has also fronted bands in San Antonio and Seattle. The group frequently plays at Factorma de Sueqos, near the Otay Mesa border crossing. They've opened for Poncho Sanchez, Luiza Marquez, and Gilbert Castellanos.