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Tito Puente

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Born: Apr 20, 1923 in New York, NY
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Died: May 31, 2000 in New York, NY
Genre: Jazz, World
Biography: By virtue of his warm, flamboyant stage manner, longevity, constant touring, and appearances in the mass media, Tito Puente is probably the most beloved symbol of Latin jazz. But more than that, Puente managed to keep his music remarkably fresh over the decades; as a timbales virtuoso, he combined mastery ...Read full biography
Dance Mania Vol.1
Released: 1958
Label: U.S. Latin
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Dance Mania, Tito Puente's best-known and best-selling album, came ten years into his career, but at a time (1957) when the craze for mambo and Latin music was beginning to crest. (Another landmark LP, ...Read full review
Mambo Diablo [Concord Picante]
Released: 1985
Label: Concord Records
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Although he was never inactive, the 1980s found Tito Puente in a bit of a renaissance. His exciting Afro-Cuban jazz band had found a home on the Concord Picante label, and his music was increasing in popularity ...Read full review
Cuban-born jazz manager buried in Miami; he was 95
Sep 24, 2:05 PM EST
Cuban-born jazz pianist/promoter Jose Curbelo, 95, buried in Miami; helped popularize cha-cha