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Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000) was an American Mambo musician and Latin jazz composer. The son of native Puerto Ricans, Ernest and Ercilia Puente, living in New York City's Spanish Harlem community, Puente is often credited as "The Musical Pope", "El Rey de los Timbales" (The King of the Timbales) and "The King of Latin Music". He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career. He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba's Calle 54. He guest-starred on several television shows including Sesame Street, The Cosby Show and, most notably, The Simpsons two-part episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?".

Fact file

  • Birth name: Ernesto Antonio Puente
  • Also known as: "El Rey de los Timbales" The King of Latin Music
  • Born: April 20, 1923 New York City
  • Died: June 1, 2000 (aged 77) New York City
  • Genres: Afro-Cuban jazz, mambo, salsa, Nuyorican Soul
  • Occupation(s): Musician, producer
  • Instruments: Timbales, Vibraphone, Drum set, Sax, Piano, Bass, Congas, Bongos, etc.
  • Years active: 1946–2000
  • Labels: Tico Records, Fania Records, Sony Discos, RMM Records, Concorde Picante
  • Associated acts: La Lupe, Celia Cruz, Santos Colon

Read more about Tito Puente at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Ray Santos, a Pillar of Latin Jazz, Is Dead at 90
NY Times Music, 2019-10-23 21:40:27
After playing saxophone with Machito, Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez, he wrote arrangements for Linda Ronstadt and the movie “The Mambo Kings.”

Jazz Agent Bennett Morgan Dies at 85
Billboard, 2017-06-13 09:01:56
Bennett Morgan, a veteran jazz agent who booked and represented such legends as Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Eartha Kitt and Rosemary...

Critic's Notebook: Bringing Tito Puente’s Fire to a New Generation
NY Times Music, 2017-04-25 21:20:05
A Puente retrospective at the Hostos Center offered three days of performances, discussions and workshops in the Bronx, a rarity for the city’s Latin music tradition.

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