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Band Lead

Christian Tumalan, Piano, Vocal, Band Lead.

He is the Grammy Award Winner in 2014 for his works as a co-leader with the Pacific Mambo Orchestra; Has been awarded on of the top keyboardists in the prestigious #39th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2017 USA. Born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. Christian studied classical piano at the "Escuela Superior de Musica" in Mexico City for a period of 10 years. Later, He turned his interests towards Jazz, a language field where he identified himself with deep passion and freedom. He then further developed his skills in pianistic live performance, Jazz and Big Band arranging, achieving 4 professional majors in Music.


Currently, Tumalan performs actively in the United States, where he has worked and shared muical moments with numerous professional musicians including Alex Acuña, Calixto Oviedo, Wayne Wallace, John Santos, Giovani Hidalgo, Pete Escobedo,  Sheila E, Tito Puente jr., Isidro Infante, Tommy Igoe, Los Adolecentes Orchestra, Eddie Santiago, La India, Tony Vega, Johnny Rivera, Johnny Polanco, Rub Blades, Tony Perez, Eddie Marshall, Chucho Valdez jr, Bill Watrous, Danny Lozada & La charanga Habanera, Louie Romero, Orestes Vilato, Benny Velarde, Ray de la Paz, Chino Espinoza, Poncho Sanchez Band among many other local and international artists.

 

Steffen Kuehn, Trumpet, Band Lead.

Steffen Kuehn is the Grammy Award Winner in 2014 for his works with the Pacific Mambo Orchestra. He was born and raised in Germany and began playing the trumpet at the age of eight. Twenty years later he received his Bachelor of Music from the prestigious University of North Texas in 1993, majoring in Jazz Trumpet and Jazz Studies.
Being interested in Straight Ahead Jazz, Smooth Jazz as well as in Latin Jazz and Salsa, Steffen scored big in 2002 with the CD release ‘Now or Later” of his Jazz Nonet, that featured 2001 Grammy Nominee Tim Hagans. That year also marked the inception of his own record label ‘stefrecords’.‚Ä®Fast forward to 2005: Having joined the Latin Jazz orchestra of legendary timbalero Louie Romero, the band recorded its first album ‘Timbalero’ and released it on ‘stefrecords’ in 2006 to rave reviews.


His 2008 release "Trumpop' was in the running for a Grammy nomination for 'Best Contemporary Jazz Album' and has been receiving national & international airplay & recognition.
He has shared music moments  with Jazz greats such as: Tim Hagans, Brian Lynch, Claudio Roditi, The Temptations, Brian Culbertson, Jose Lugo Latin Orchestra, Issac Delgado, Marilyn McCoo, John Handy, Mark Levine, Chico Freeman, Tim Hagans, Ray Obiedo, Kenny Werner, Ray DeLa Paz, The 4 Tops, Ray Sepulveda, The Platters, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, In Europe, he played as a sideman for Dusko Gojkovich Big Band, Al Porcino Big Band, Conexion Latina and others.