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Most Recent Castaway - 2nd December, 2016
Steffen Kuehn (2016)

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Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Steffen Kuehn was born in Mannheim, Germany. He's a Bay Area resident who made his way here beginning with five years at the University of North Texas College of Music, home of the storied One o'Clock Lab Band.

Steffen and Mexican-born pianist Christian Tamulan founded the Pacific Mambo Orchestra in 2012. Could it be their appearance at KCSM's Jazz on the Hill that led to PMO's winning the 2014 Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album?

Steffen is very well traveled, having played with or performed for The Platters, Marilyn McCue, Bob Hope, John Handy, Chico Freeman, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, among many others.

Steffen's composing is becoming noticed—he has a knack with a hook. For example, his "Vivienne & Simone's Lullaby" appears in the TV series "The Good Wife", his "'One for Louie" appears in the TV series "Burn Notice", and his "Trumpop" appears in the movie "Birthday Girl". With a Grammy under his belt, can an Emmy or an Oscar be out of the question?
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Tommy Igoe The Steely Dan Project Reelin' in the Years Self-released
# 2 Bob Curnow's L.A. Big Band The Music of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays The First Circle MAMA
# 3 John Coltrane Blue Train Blue Train Blue Note
# 4 Freddie Hubbard Bolivia Bolivia Music Masters
# 5 Miles Davis Birth of the Cool Boplicity Capitol
# 6 Pacific Mambo Orchestra PMO Overjoyed Self-released
# 7 Steffen Kuehn Leap of Faith Geraldine stefrecords
         
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