Steffen Kuehn

Steffen Kuehn

 Concord, California, USA
BandJazzFunk

Smooth/Contemporary Jazz with Trumpet as lead instrument.

Biography

Steffen Kuehn must be considered as one of the rising stars in today’s popular Jazz music with a unique voice that has and will appeal to many music lovers around the globe!

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.
While at North Texas, he received two DownBeat awards as a member of the "Two O’clock Lab" Band was voted
"Best College/University Band" in 1991 and 1993.

After working on cruise ships and a three-year stint back in Munich, Germany, he decided to make the San Francisco Bay Area his permanent home. Concentrating on his playing and songwriting, the move proved to have been the perfect decision.
Soon after his arrival in the Bay Area he hooked up with LA publisher Monica Benson, who started signing Steffen’s music to her company "Wild Pink Music".
The first big breakthrough came with placing the original composition "Trumpop" in the Miramax movie "Birthday Girl," starring Nicole Kidman and Ben Chaplin.

Being interested in Straight-Ahead Jazz, Smooth Jazz as well as in Latin Jazz and Salsa, Steffen scored big in 2002 with his Jazz Nonet CD release "Now or Later," that featured 2001 Grammy Nominee Tim Hagans. That year also marked the inception of his own record label "Stefrecords."

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.

In the meantime, Steffen kept writing and recording for his second release, entitled "Trumpop."
Having secured the producing/engineering skills of Peter Horvath (keyboardist with Victor Bailey) and guitarist Ray Obiedo (Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Pete Escovedo), this record shaped up to make some big waves.

Since its release in March 2008, the CD “Trumpop” has been in the Smoothjazz.com Top 50 Indie Radio Charts for 23 weeks and has received thousands of spins and airplay nationally and worldwide (February 2009). “Trumpop” was in the running for a 2009 Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album.”

Furthermore, Steffen’s song "One for Louie" (from the "Timbalero" CD) was placed in the USA Cable Network summer blockbuster series "Burn Notice," airing in January 2009. It also charted at No. 2 in "Latinbeat Magazine" in 2007. Five more songs off the "Trumpop" release have been signed to Monica Benson’s "Wild Pink Music" company.

He has performed for, recorded and/or worked with (selection):
The Platters, Marilyn McCoo, John Handy,
Mark Levine, Chico Freeman, Tim Hagans
Ray Obiedo, Hector Martignon,Kenny Werner
Ray DeLa Paz, The Temptations, The 4 Tops
Ray Sepulveda,Lydia Pense & Cold Blood,
Brian Culbertson and many more.

Steffen has headlined and/or performed at many festivals and major clubs internationally and nationally such as:
San Jose Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival @ Stanford, Bayerischer Hof (Munich/Germany), The Knitting Factory (Boise), Staatsoper Wien (Vienna/Austria), Jazz & Blues By The Bay (Sausalito), Yoshi’s San Francisco, Zeltmusikfestival Freiburg (Freiburg/Germany), Azucar Cancun (Cancun/Mexico), Kuumbwa Jazz, MusikFestival Dresden (Dresden/Germany),Oakland City Center Fall Music Jazz Series, Yoshi’s Oakland, Jazz at Pearl’s San Francisco, Quasimodo Berlin and many others…..

Lyrics

One For Louie

Written By: Steffen Kuehn

One For Louie

Discography

CD releases on stefrecords:
Steffen Kuehn Nonet - 'Now or Later' (2002)
Staight Ahead 9-piece Jazz Ensemble
Louie Romero Y Su Grupo Mazacote' - 'Timbalero' (2006) Latin Jazz/Salsa
Steffen Kuehn - 'trumpop' (2008)
Smooth/Contemporary Jazz

Original song 'Trumpop' placed in Miramax movie 'Birthday Girl', starring Nicole Kidman & Ben Chaplin.
Original song 'One for Louie' placed in USA Cable Network series 'Burn Notice'
7 original song co-publishing contracts with LA music publisher 'Wild Pink Music'

Set List

Concert-length 75-80 minutes:
1. Helen's Song (George Cables)
2. Spring Ain't Here (Pat Metheny)
3. Trumpop (Steffen Kuehn)
4. Above The Fold (Steffen Kuehn)
5. Grazing In The Grass (Philemon Hou)
6. Blue In Green (Miles Davis)
7. Something New (Steffen Kuehn)
8. Der Blues (Steffen Kuehn)

Additional Repertoire:
Sugar (Stanley Turrentine)
Utopia (Steffen Kuehn)
Spring Leaves (Steffen Kuehn)
So Many Stars (Sergio Mendez)
Lanechange (Steffen Kuehn)