Pacific Mambo Orchestra is a 19-Piece Latin Big Band, that plays Salsa, Mambo, Latin Jazz & Cha Cha's.
“One of the best current Latin Orchestras in the world” according towww.salsa-trips.com, European Magazine, November 2012.
Pacific Mambo Orchestra has taken the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond by storm since its inception in 2010. PMO has created quite a ‘buzz’ by establishing itself within the short period of 6 months as one of the most exciting live acts in the Bay Area, featuring some of Northern California’s finest musicians! Trumpeter Steffen Kuehn and Pianist Christian Tumalan, both experienced bandleaders in their own right, formed this Latin Salsa Big Band to bring back and build upon the great Latin Big Band sounds of the 1940’s through 1960’s.

PMO plays the music of Latin giants such as Machito, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and many others and include those rich traditions with their own contemporary and original arrangements. Pacific Mambo Orchestra is currently the only Latin Big Band fully active on the West Coast.

PMO’s instrumentation consists of 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, 5 Saxophones, Piano, Bass, Timbales, Congas, Bongos and the female Lead singer Alexis Guillen.

PMO’s members have performed and/or recorded with the industries’ biggest names like Carlos Santana, Ray DeLa Paz, Jose Lugo Guasabara Orchestra, Los Adolescentes, Isaac Delgado, Gilberto Santarosa, Tito Rojas, La India, Victor Manuelle and many others.
This 19-piece ensemble from San Francisco, led by pianist Christian Tumalan and trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, rejuvenates the Latin big band sounds of the 1940s through 1960s (the legendary mambo sounds of Machito and his Afro-Cubans, Tito Puente, and Tito Rodriguez), on this sizzling self-titled debut. Richly textured arrangements flow through this entire production with exquisite playing by California's ace musicians. With a repertoire of mostly original scores, the selections move with a frenetic mammoth pace, producing palpable sounds, rhythms, and beats, like only a true big band is capable of.

While the brass and saxophone sections convey a profound musical eloquence to this recording, the rhythm section also cooks with intensity, generating a picture-perfect soundtrack for the vocalists to excel, as in the case of the PMO version of the Ruben Blades classic "El Cantante" (featuring guest vocalist Willie Torres). Other guests in the recording include Carlos Cascante (vocals), Kenny Washington (vocals), Ray Obiedo (guitar), and Tommy Igoe (drums). Fronting the band on vocals are Alexa Weber Morales and Armando Cordoba. Favorite tracks include "El Cantante," "Overjoyed," and "Cuando Estoy Contigo."—Rudy Mangual, Latin Beat Magazine.

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