Tito Puente

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American Composer, Conductor, and Percussionist • 1923-2000
The King of Latin JazzEl Rey de los Timbales

Fast Facts

  • Tito Puente was a musical pioneer who fused jazz with Latinx styles like mambo, cha-cha, salsa, merengue, and more.
  • His parents came from Puerto Rico.
  • He was born Ernesto Antonio Puente, Jr. 
  • He grew up in Spanish Harlem in NYC.
  • He attended the Julliard School of Music.
  • He won 5 Grammys.
  • His timbales are now at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.