20 April 1923
Harlem, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
1 June 2000 (aged 77)
Master Tito Puente was born on April 20, 1923 in New York City. "It is essential to note that Puente, since 1949, was popularizing in recordings and especially in the Palladium, innovative concepts in collaboration with Machito, Bauzá, Gillespie Pozo, fusing Cuban dance music with the bop. "
All historians of Latin music in New York agree that one of the most important moments in its development and popularization was in the period of the Palladium Ballroom, in the late forties and during the fifties. There Tito Puente began as an orchestra conductor with his group The Picadilly Boys.
The first grouping of Tito Puente made its official debut in the club El Patio in Atlantic Beach, New Jersy, on July 4, 1949 and counted among others with Jimmy Frisaura and Chino González on trumpets, Luis Varona on piano, Angel Rosa singer, Manuel Patot in the bass, Many Oquendo in the bongoes, Frankie Colón in the congas and logically Tito Puente in the timbales and direction
On September 1949, Cuban Vicentico Valdés communed to sing with the orchestra of Tito Puente. In that grouping the barranquillero pianist Al Escobar participated. Vicentico Valdés was a singer of the orchestra of Tito Puente between 1949 and 1951, in that period Puente recorded the classic Mambo Diablo with the incorporation of the vibraphone on orchestra, instrument that introduces a few years before to the world of jazz Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson .
The period from 1951 to 1960 was of great fertility for the orchestra of Tito Puente at the great percussionists like Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo. Before the release, Bridge grabbed with Tico Records from where much more freedom to experiment. Precisely one of the most popular novelists Bridge in Percussion will be in 1955 only with percussion and bass, without metals, nor piano.
Tito Puente was a restless artist, ready to the challenges and the changes in 1992 initiated a new project with the label Tropijazz of his friend Ralph Mercado, we refer to the Golden Latin Jazz All Stars, band with which it managed to record two albums. He also recorded for RMM the compact Tito's Idea, Jazzin 'with India, Dancemania 99, Mambo Birland with which he won his fifth Grammy Award in 2000 and Masterpiece with Eddie Palmieri, winner of the 2001 Grammy Award. About 125 albums recorded Tito Puente in his brilliant artistic career. Eternal glory to THE KING OF THE TIMBAL.
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