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Fri, Feb 28, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

San Francisco's Grammy-Winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra


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Steffen Kuehn and Christian Tumalan of Pacific Mambo Orchestra accept the award for Best Tropical Latin Album during the 56th Grammy Awards.
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Steffen Kuehn and Christian Tumalan of Pacific Mambo Orchestra accept the award for Best Tropical Latin Album during the 56th Grammy Awards.

The Bay Area-based Pacific Mambo Orchestra snagged a Grammy in January, beating out singer Marc Anthony for Best Tropical Latin Album, even though the group had no major-label recording contract. The 19-piece band, founded by pianist Christian Tumalan and trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, takes inspiration from the Latin big bands from the 1940s through 1960s. They join us for a live performance, and talk about funding their first album with Kickstarter and their work with school music programs.

Host: Rachael Myrow

Guests:

  • Christian Tumalan, pianist and co-founder of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra
  • Steffen Kuehn, trumpeter and co-founder of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra

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