What started as six Chicagoland musicians jamming together in December 2011, resulted in a fully formed group of seven by March 2012. At Zaramela's foundation is a tight blues rock/pop rhythm section that is more than comfortable with jazz and funk. On top of that base sits an equally versatile, powerfully soulful horn section, and a lead vocalist adept at jazz, rock, pop and hip hop. It is easy to see why it is difficult to describe the genre of most of the band's material. They blend musical styles like a New Orleans chef adds ingredients to gumbo -- "a little o' dis, an' a little o' dat".
The group has been working on building a following and set list. In 2013 Zaramela has played at the Beat Kitchen, the Chicago Music Awards at the Copernicus Center, The Rave in Milwaukee, House of Blues in May, Schubas, Friendly, House of Wax, and the Unsigned Galena Music Festival August 24th their season finale.
In December 2012 they released their first EP recorded at Pressure Point Recording Studios in the South Loop of Chicago. They are currently in the studio finishing their first LP, “Gumbo” set to release late September early October