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Tito Puente

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Birth Name: Ernesto Antonio Puente, Jr.
Born: 1923/04/20
Birth Place: New York
Died: 2000/06/01
Genres: Latin Jazz And Mambo

Tito Puente (born Ernesto Antonio Puente April 20, 1923 Harlem, New York) was a jazz and salsa musician, and composer from Harlem, New York, who rose to fame for his dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions. Puente's love for music began at an early age when he banged out rhymes on pots and pans to make up his own beats. By the age of seven, Puente's mother had enrolled him in piano lessons. Three years later he had switched to percussion, and became heavily influence by jazz drummer Gene Krupa. Puente hit the height of his popularity during the 1950s, while at the forefront of the Afro-Cuban and Caribbean musical movement. Puente helped bring the style of mambo, son, and cha-cha-ch... Continue Bio >>

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