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Grammy Award Winner Pacific Mambo Orchestra Announces a Benefit Concert At Fox Theater in Redwood City.

"This is PMO's chance to give back to the community, and there's no better way for musicians to do that than by supporting a music program for kids."

Grammy Award winner and SF Guardian Best of Bay favorite, Pacific Mambo Orchestra announces a benefit concert supporting more than 5,000 elementary school music students on Jan. 10 at the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Redwood City. All proceeds support the Music for Learning program funded by the Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching and advancing education opportunities for all children in the Redwood City School District.

Pacific Mambo Orchestra's debut album was crowd-funded via Kickstarter and was a surprise winner of the 2014 Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album. The 20 members of Pacific Mambo Orchestra infuse the Latin Big Band sounds of the 1940s to 1960s with sizzling arrangements and high energy, original compositions by co-founders Steffen Kuehn and Christian Tumalan. "The people of Redwood City were a great support to me when I was starting out," said Tumalan. "This is PMO's chance to give back to the community, and there's no better way for musicians to do that than by supporting a music program for kids."

"On behalf of Redwood City students, we are grateful to Pacific Mambo Orchestra for donating its time and talents and we appreciate Fox Theatre's generous support," said RCEF Board Member, Erika Pretell. "We're thrilled to bring this exciting group to Redwood City. This show will definitely heat up an otherwise cold January night!" Read More...


New York Times

The New York times: Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Unknown no more.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Of all the surprises when Grammys were handed out in January, perhaps the biggest came in the “tropical music” category for salsa, merengue and related styles. Up against stars like Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives, the winner was the virtually unknown Pacific Mambo Orchestra, based here, a continent away from the Caribbean, geographically and culturally...

Pacific Mambo Orchestra Takes Tropical GRAMMY From Marc Anthony

Kickstarter-funded debut album “Pacific Mambo Orchestra” wins Best Latin Tropical Album

The Pacific Mambo Orchestra, a San Francisco-based Latin big band, won last night’s GRAMMY for Best Tropical Latin Album, beating favorite Marc Anthony and other Latin music stars.

“We did everything in house,” Christian Tumalan, a classical and jazz-trained pianist originally from Mexico, told Billboard. “This GRAMMY is a victory not just for us but for independent artists everywhere. We want it to deliver hope to all of those artists in their home studios and garages. We’re independent and we made it happen.”More...


CBS Television

Bay Area’s Pacific Mambo Orchestra Wins Grammy!

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — At the Seahorse Supper Club in Sausalito the joint is jumping, the floor is packed and the music is smoking hot.
Crammed onstage is an unusual sight — a full-blown 19 piece traditional Latin big band called the Pacific Mambo Orchestra or PMO for short.
“Just to start having that many people, that much energy on the stage – it really creates something! You can imagine,” exclaimed co-founder Christian Tumalan.
“You get up and boogie – -for sure ” laughed his colleague, and the other co-founder of the band Steffen Kuehn.




The Examiner

Grammy winner Pacific Mambo Orchestra leads the rebirth of Latin Big Band sound

Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) is leading the renaissance of the Big Band and live music. This 19-piece Latin Big Band plays Salsa, Mambo, Latin Jazz, Cha Cha, along with a fusion of sounds that incorporate more modern genres (R&B, Hip Hop) with traditional Jazz and Salsa.