Puente, Tito

Puente, Tito

(Ernesto Antonio Puente, Jr.) (tē`tō pwĕn`tā), 1923–2000, American musician, b. New York City. One of the premier composers and players of Latin music, he was a bandleader, pianist, and virtuoso percussionist. He began playing in the 1930s and performed in various bands while studying at Juilliard (1945–47). In 1947 he formed his own group, the Piccadilly Boys, which shortly afterward became the Tito Puente Orchestra. During the 1950s, Puente became renowned for his Big Band renditions, in person and on recordings, of such Latin dance-craze styles as the mambo and cha-cha; in the 1960s he also turned to pachenga music. Puente played in and led many other bands. Also beginning in the 1960s he collaborated with several jazz musicians and thereafter customarily worked in either a Latin or jazz style, or a combination of the two, becoming an important figure in salsasalsa
, American popular music developed largely in New York City during the 1970s; its name is derived from the Spanish word for hot sauce. It is a mixture of various elements: rhumba, mambo, chacha, and other Latin dance forms; Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other
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 music. During his long career, Puente won five Grammys and recorded 118 albums.

Puente, (Ernesto Antonio) Tito

(1920–  ) bandleader, percussionist, composer; born in New York City. Of Puerto Rican parentage, he served in World War II and then studied at Juilliard. In 1947 he formed what became the Tito Puente Orchestra and became a leader of the mambo and cha-cha-cha fads in the 1950s. From the 1960s to the 1980s he made over 40 albums, some fusing Latin with other musical styles and traditions. He left his big band in 1980 and moved into more jazzlike music with a smaller ensemble, performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1984. But he continued to be popular as North America's grand old man of Latin American music and appeared as himself in the movie, The Mambo Kings (1992).
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Andrea Brachfeld and Ariel Santiago contributed flute solos, and Ronnie Puente, Tito Puente's eldest son, solos on marimba on Picadillo.
They excel on the selections Journey into Outland, Picadillo (featuring guest Ronnie Puente, Tito Puente's oldest son, on a marimba solo), The Ghanan Trail (highlighting Andrea Brachfeld's flute solo), and Naomi's Fantasy (with tasty solos provided by Ariel Santiago on flute, Julio Botti on sax, and Erik Piza on timbal).
The chosen spot is the historic Sweet's Ballroom that was called Sand's Ballroom in the 1960s and presented great artists like Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and many other icons of salsa, Latin pop and Mexican music.
Known as "El Maestro" (the teacher) of the mambo sound, Santos has played, recorded, composed and arranged, during the past 50 years, for New York's premiere Latin orchestras, including those led by Tito Puente, Tito Redriguez, Mario Bauza and Machito, just to name a few.
It's hard to believe--after being at the right place and at the right time in the bands of Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Charlie Palmieri, Eddie Palmieri, and many others--that this was it.
With the exception of Cannonology, featuring the legendary Bobby Porcelli on alto sax, this is a salsa album with dance-happy charts that bear the nostalgic stamps of the Palladium Big 3--Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, and Machito--with the musicality and vigor of a new millennium.
The sounds of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra brought back fond memories to the vintage generation, of the New York old-school "salsa dura" while paying homage to the legacy of the legendary Manhattan's Palladium Ballroom that featured bands of the BIG-3--Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Machito back in the day.
His musical virtuosity turned hito into an artist sought after by the bands led by Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Machito, among many others, throughout the years.
The brother of Eddie Palmieri, Charlie made a name for himself in the New York City Latin scene of the 1940s and 1950s, performing with popular figures such as Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Xavier Cugat, and Vicentico Valdes.
It's hard to believe after being at the right place at the right time in the bands of Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Charlie Palmieri, Eddie Palmieri and many others that this was it.
As a kid, he spent Sunday afternoons with his father, listening to Latin legends like Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Mongo Santamaria, and developing an inclination towards music at the early age of five.
At home, my dad was always listening to the recordings of Machito, Tiro Puente, Tito Rodriguez, and Mongo Santamaria, while my uncle was an excellent dancer.