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Grammy-Winning Singer-Songwriter / Cantautora
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    Here are some great pictures from the San Jose Jazz Festival of my gigs with Pacific Mambo Orchestra on Friday and my own band on Saturday.   Love these two by Tom Ehrlich! Photo by Francis DeLeon:  

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    Steffen Kuehn and Christian Tumalan, directors of the Bay Area’s best 20-piece salsa big band, announced today that the PMO CD is commercially available online. Congratulations to all of us! In other news, PMO is 2 years old as of yesterday, so Happy Birthday! Listen and buy at the links below (and feel free to post a review about the CD at any of these sites too): iTunes CD Baby Amazon Did I mention I was commissioned to write the lyrics to the song Bolero Cocomo for this date? Aaron Lington had composed a gorgeous bolero, and I was honored to have the task of fitting lyrics to it. It took a minute to come up with the right story for this song, but I’m very proud of the work we did!

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      Live performance by Pacific Mambo Orchestra of El Cantante, arranged by Mike Rinta and sung by Alexa Weber Morales, at SFJAZZ on June 15, 2013. Photo credits: Bill Evans Photography Benny Torres – http://www.bennytorres.com/ Henry Hung – http://www.henryhungmusic.com Alexa Weber Morales – http://www.alexajazz.com Music credits Christian Tumalan – http://www.tumalanmusic.com Steffen Kuehn – http://www.steffenkuehn.com Pacific Mambo Orchestra – http://www.pacificmambo.com Band members: Christian Tumalan – piano/bandleader Steffen Kuehn – trumpet/bandleader Braulio Barrera – vocals/bongo Omar Ledezma Jr. – timbales/vocals Javier Cabanillas – conga Alexa Weber Morales – vocals/guiro Jorge Pomar – bass Trombones: Jeff Cressman, Jamie Dubberly, Marty Wehner, Derek James Trumpets: Steffen Kuehn, Henry Hung, Louis Fasman, Dave Scott Saxes: Benny Torres, Evan Francis, Pete Cornell, Tony Peebles, Aaron Lington Special guest: Tommy Igoe, drumset Arranger: Mike Rinta Stay tuned for news of Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s 2013 National Tour! Presented by Columbia Artist Management

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    I was taking a break from a private jazz gig at the De Young Museum in San Francisco when the text messages began flowing. I couldn’t help whooping with pleasure, even though I was standing in an art gallery being watched by a guard. Pacific Mambo Orchestra had done it: We were nominated for best tropical latin album in the 56th Grammy Awards! Band members, friends and family began texting congratulations. So how did PMO have this banner year, complete with signing to Columbia Artist Management for a first-class tour  and ending with our first Grammy nomination, putting the unknown indie label Tumalan Music/Steffrecords in the running against the behemoth SONY LATIN? We had to laugh when someone said it was all marketing. What marketing?! Facebook? Nah. Here’s why PMO has gotten so much done in a mere three years. 1. Have a solid concept. Simply put, a 19-piece latin big band is a clear, memorable idea. There is a market for salsa dance music in the Bay Area. Thus, two great worlds are joined: Jazz and salsa dance. 2. Choose a memorable name. Certainly doesn’t hurt! 3. Gig regularly. PMO started out playing every Monday night at Cafe Cocomo. [...]

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    Incredibly irresistible music from the Grammy-winning 19-piece band! Six dance teams performing unforgettable salsa routines! Dance lessons! Live painting! Delicious eats and tasty drinks! Friendly dancers celebrating in the most diverse part of the United States of America: THE BAY AREA! Cafe Cocomo 650 Indiana San Francisco, CA 10 PM $15 at the door, 21+ with ID

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    http://foxrwc.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=52 Who: Pacific Mambo Orchestra Where: The Fox Theater Redwood City When: Saturday, January 10, 2015, 7:30 pm Why: to benefit 5000+ elementary students in the “Music for Learning” program The surprise winner of the 2014 Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album and San Francisco “Best of the Bay” Favorite PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA infuses the classic Latin Big Band sounds of the 1940’s-1960’s with sizzling arrangements and high-energy, original compositions by co-founders Steffen Kehn and former Redwood City resident Christian Tumalan. All proceeds benefit the 5000+ elementary students in the “Music for Learning” program sponsored by the Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF).  “The people of Redwood City were a great support to me,” 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 support a music program for kids” All Tickets have dance floor access Front Orchestra (yellow seats) include the exclusive pre-concert VIP reception backstage to mingle with the band and enjoy drinks and tapas. VIP Reception Sponsor: LV Mar & La Viga.

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    BOCA MUNDIAL, the San Francisco Bay Area’s live latin jazz samba salsa bolero band Add a touch of the “flamboyantly multilingual” (San Jose Mercury News) to your next event with BOCA MUNDIAL starring Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Alexa Weber Morales! Every BOCA MUNDIAL live band show mixes a delicious variety of international musical flavors and extras for a memorable experience. TUNES: originals, standards, pop/funk/R&B hits TONGUES: impeccable French, Spanish, Portuguese, English or …your request? TEMPOS: energetic salsa, funk, cha cha and samba to lush ballads BANDS: typically 5-piece (lead singer, drummer, pianist, bassist, percussionist or horn player) 2-piece to 9-piece also available, depending on venue EVENTS: parties, corporate events, trade shows, conferences, weddings, restaurants, grand openings, exhibitions, festivals, fairs SHOWS: acoustic concerts for listening audiences, all-dance shows, ambience-setting background music Where have BOCA MUNDIAL entertainers performed? the WORLD: Paris, London, Lima, Rio, Tokyo the NATION: festivals and clubs from New York City to Hollywood and everywhere in-between the BAY: Yoshi’s, SFJAZZ, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Cafe Cocomo Sound system provided. Repertoire list available. EXTRAS: Dance lessons (salsa or bellydance) DJ services PA services Event lighting services THEMES: Boleros y baladas Salsa (option: professional salsa dance instruction) Jobim (Brazilian samba/bossa nova) World or trad [...]

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    My band Boca Mundial plays the Dreamforce Accenture stage this coming Tuesday, October 4 from 2-3 pm! This marks the first time I’ll both attend the conference as press while also playing the massive event, which brings half a million people or more to San Francisco every fall, as a musician! Looking forward to a great hit with Colin Douglas, Anne Sajdera, Braulio Barrera and David Belove. Listen for originals, salsa caliente, Brazilian gems and more in four languages!  

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    ALBUM PREVIEW 2017 The Grammy Award Winning  Pacific Mambo Orchestra announces the upcoming release of their second full album. It is due in Spring of 2017 and will be named “Live from Stern Grove”. It will feature world-renowned names such as Sheila E and Marlow Rosado. The 11 track album will open with “Sakura” – PMO’s brand new arrangement featuring Nora Suzuki, known for her work with Japan’s Orquesta de la Luz. “Our jaws dropped when we watched Nora improvising along”  -Steffen Kuehn “Sakura exudes flavor and elegance” – DJ Chino, Colombia “Nora surprised us with her fantastic Rhumba singing”- Christian Tumalan PMO – EPK A BREATHTAKING LIVE ACT THAT COMBINES THE SOUNDS OF STEVIE WONDER, DUKE ELLINGTON AND TITO PUENTE… PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA WAS BORN IN ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST INNOVATIVE CITIES: SAN FRANCISCO. Named “One of the best Latin Big Bands in the World” by Salsa Trips magazine, PMO is the 2013 Grammy Award® Winner for “Best Latin Tropical Album”, beating industry super stars Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives.  PMO honors the sounds of the great Latin Big Bands of the 1940’s through present times, infusing their music with intoxicating energy! PMO is consistently rewarded with standing ovations at every live performance; performs Mambo, Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha, Latin Jazz and Bachata. PMO consists of a [...]

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    Bringing The Mambo Back, Big Band-Style! The Grammy Award-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra releases its 2nd full-length album (and it looks and sounds amazing)! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bringing-the-mambo-back-big-band-style#/ PMO was founded in 2010 and is celebrating the Latin Big Band revival with its 2nd full-length recording, entitled ‘Live from Stern Grove’ feat. Sheila E., Marlow Rosado and Nora Suzuki and we are mighty proud of the result! PMO is the 2013® Grammy Award winner for Best Tropical Latin Album – it was our debut album and we were the only Independent Artist amongst the other nominees (Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives, Sergio Georges)! We kept our independence due to massive support from our fans and we are now ready to take this to the next level with this new and highly anticipated recording! By raising money we are able to ensure that the crucial components of promoting and marketing (Radio, Print, Interviews etc) this product will come to light – one can have the best recording, but a solid marketing campaign is a must! Your support will allow us to market, promote and distribute our vibrant and energetic music to a global audience. Our perks are really fun: From exclusive custom-made PMO Ringtones, all of [...]

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      PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR FRIENDS! ALEXA WEBER MORALES & BOCA MUNDIAL LIVE AT BLUE NOTE NAPA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17th – TWO SHOWS – 730pm & 9:30pm 1030 MAIN STREET, NAPA, CA 94559   ——– TICKETS: $10 BAR AREA / $15 TABLE SEATING / $25 BOOTH SEATING Click here to Purchase Tickets Online ——– Blue Note Napa and Montuno Productions present BOCA MUNDIAL, a world jazz band lead by Grammy-winning multilingual vocalist Alexa Weber Morales. The sextet performs a delicious variety of international musical flavors for listening and light dancing. BOCA MUNDIAL includes pianist and composer Anne Sajdera, drummer and bandleader (with the Afro Cuban Jazz Cartel) Brian Andres, Grammy-winning percussionist and sonero Braulio Barrera (with Somos el Son and Pacific Mambo Orchestra), international bass prodigy Scott Thompson, guitarist Brian Moran (with Grupo Falso Baiano) and singer-songwriter Alexa Weber Morales. Alexa Morales is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter based in the San Francisco Bay Area, known for “her flamboyantly multilingual repertoire.” Her debut album, produced by five-time Grammy Award Nominee Wayne “The Doctor” Wallace, was released in 2004 on the label she founded, Crazy Monkey Productions.  In 2011, Alexa Weber Morales joined the then-new 19-piece mambo/salsa band Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Leaving Patois Records, she launched a [...]

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      I will be teaching a basic Latin American rhythms dance class (for beginners) at InnerRhythms School of Performing Arts in Truckee, Calif. 10:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, August 18th! Tickets: https://innerrhythms.org/…/fw-even…/community-dance-workshop Community Dance Workshop: Beginners Welcome! In Collaboration with Trails and Vistas ​• August 18, 2018 Introduction to Rhythm Dance Workshop at InnerRhythms Dance in Truckee. Learn the basic steps to Cuban Cha Cha and Mambo, Brazilian Samba with Grammy-Award winning vocalist Alexa Weber Morales. Learn some new Latin groves for the World Concert, and get in a fun workout. Where: InnerRhythms School of Performing Arts, 12047 Donner Pass Road, Ste B6, Truckee, California What: Introduction to Rhythm Workshop, beginners welcome When: 10:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, August 18th TICKET/Donation of $15.00 per person RSVP to InnerRhythms Dance Email: info@innerrhythms.org Here’s an example of my dancing (and singing) with Rueda Con Ritmo led by Ryan Mead. Here are some more pictures of that event (which I realize I have never posted). Please note that the Truckee class is a BEGINNING rhythms class/workoug, not partner or Rueda (circle) dancing!