On January 26, 2014, the indie San Francisco Bay Area band Pacific Mambo Orchestra won the Grammy award for Best Tropical Latin Album, beating Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives, Los Angeles Azules & Sergio George!!!! ¡Que viva la música independiente!
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.
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