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Band Lead


Christian Tumalan, PIANO

Born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico.  In addition to his pianistic studies, he felt a powerful attraction to the art of composition. During a period of seven years, he studied classical piano at the "Escuela Superior de Musica" in Mexico City. Later, He turned his interests towards Jazz, a language field where he felt a deep compassion and freedom. He then further developed his skills in 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 the stage 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.
His most recent participations as a Leader includes two very successful Latin Projects in the Bay: Montuno Swing and Pacific Mambo Orchestra.


Steffen Kuehn, Trumpet

Steffen Kuehn 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.