steffen kuehn

steffen kuehn - trompop


german-born trumpeter and composer steffen kuehn must be considered as one of the rising stars in today's popular jazz music with a unique voice that already appeals to many music lovers around the globe!

with the release of his latest album "trumpop," steffen kuehn shines a new light on the smooth jazz scene. it showcases his affinity for r&b and hip-hop based tracks, swings with the moves of classic jazz and embraces the rhythm and spice of latin music. "trumpop" dives into smooth jazz with substance!

since its release in march 2008, the CD "trumpop" has been in the top 50 indie radio charts for 23 weeks and has been receiving thousands of spins and airplay nationally and worldwide (november 2009). "trumpop" was in the running for a 2009 grammy nomination for "best contemporary jazz album."

steffen's unique writing also secured him a publishing deal with LA publisher monica benson's "wild pink music" company. this resulted in the placement of the title track "trumpop" in the miramax movie "birthday girl," starring nicole kidman and ben chaplin. in addition, his original latin jazz composition "one for louie" was placed in the usa cable network summer blockbuster series "burn notice," and aired in february 2009. six out of the seven originals off the "trumpop" release have also been signed to "wild pink music."


by: scott o´brian ~
i'm blown away by this new project from san francisco bay area trumpeter steffen kuehn. it's outstanding, and here's why... he's incredibly talented, and he gets it! steffen knows what works for smooth jazz. voila! you have a fresh, exciting collection of music that smooth jazz fans worldwide are going to love, and that forward-thinking smooth jazz broadcasters are going to embrace and support. you have a hit album. you have "trumpop" by steffen kuehn. class dismissed!


"thanks for sending us "trumpop." great project!
i like "trumpop," the pat metheny tune and your other original,
"the sky is the limit" for radio."
(sandy shore ~

"steffen, I didn't want to write to you until I listened to your's killen.... i really dig your writing and playing....killen grooves etc....nice sounds..." (jd walter ~ www.

"thanks for the fantastic CD. we put 3 songs into our 24/7 rotation."
(harry melchior ~, switzerland)

"i am adding two songs into a gold rotation on jazz café.
i'll add "trumpop," which has a nice funky feel, and your
miles davis cover."
(carol ann murray, music director ~ calgary, canada)

"steffen has that warm trumpet sound that listeners can relate to.
the CD sounds great!"
(pete escovedo, percussionist, bandleader)

"steffen, I liked your CD! beautiful playing."
(adolfo acosta, trumpeter with tower of power)

"the music of trumpeter steffen kuehn's new CD "trumpop" is
so cool that it's already been targeted by hollywood...."
(jerry karp,

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steffen kuehn - now or later

now or later

press release -
this is what one of the world's most well-known jazz musicians has to say about the release of the 'steffen kuehn nonet'-CD 'now or later,' featuring 2001 grammy nominee tim hagans (released : september 2002):

i'm always so excited when I hear of a new band springing up in the jazz world. It shows tremendous love and dedication to the music to see players caring enough to put in the time and energy necessary to create a group as strong as the 'steffen kuehn nonet.' i have listened to this music several times prior to writing anything about it. each time I was drawn deeper into the intensity of the writing and playing herein. these cats are 100% sincere about what they are doing.
It's such a breath of fresh air!

the playing of tim hagans has come to represent a new level of harmonic curiosity and performance for ALL of us trumpeters, worldwide. in addition, everyone else in the group is playing right up to tim's level, as if he has inspired them to seek higher ground.

steffen kuehn holds his own in an interplay session with tim on the title track 'now or later' and on 'forced FN,' the rhythm section keeps everything honest and burning, most notably jonathan alford's piano playing. w. roth's writing is as good as anything I have ever heard. these guys are fortunate to have the opportunity to play music of this high artistic quality.

so, i guess you can tell how much i personally love this recording. i hope it gets a lot of exposure and hearings worldwide. it would do us ALL some good to hear music such as this more frequently! i wish steffen kuehn and the band great success and joy with this wonderful group.

bobby shew
yamaha jazz trumpet artist

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