Tito Puente Jr.
Got Mambo? Keeping the Legacy Alive

After many years, 2 albums and more than 300 live appearances, Tito Puente, Jr. – the son of the Mambo King -- continues on his journey to keep the legacy of his late father alive, and expose this unique musical style to a new generation of fans.

The comparison is inevitable. How could it be otherwise? Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him – imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It’s in his looks, his joy, and his music. Tito Jr. is on a passionate mission: determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father, the 5-time Grammy Award winner and recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career. During the 1950s, Tito Sr. helped to bring Afro-Cuban and Caribbean sounds like mambo, son, and cha-cha-chá, to mainstream audiences. Among his most famous compositions are “Oye Como Va” (1963), popularized by Carlos Santana and later interpreted, among others, by Julio Iglesias, and Celia Cruz. Later, Tito Sr. moved into more diverse sounds, including pop music and bossa nova, eventually settling down with a fusion of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz.

Tito Jr. refuses to let his father become a distant memory. “He was just too vibrant, too exciting. There was magic in the music my father made. It made people happy all over the world.” He has found captive audiences who echo his passion. Crowds lured to a venue by the father are returning to see the son -- and to once again participate in the high voltage celebration that takes place on stage with 10 fantastic musicians paying homage to the Mambo King. Tito Puente, Jr. has become an audience favorite in performing arts centers, symphony halls and jazz festivals worldwide.

Check out the video. Bet you can’t stop moving your feet to the Latin beat:

 


Tito Puente, Jr.

 

 
   
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