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Legendary Percussionist pays Tribute to “Mambo King,” Tito Puente

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Legendary percussionist GIOVANNI HIDALGO presents “TRIBUTE TO THE KING,” with a record, concert, and world tour dedicated to the music of TITO PUENTE.
In 1996, when Hidalgo was part of Puente’s Golden Latin Jazz All-Stars, he approached Puente about a tribute, and El Rey gave him his blessing.
In a recent interview, Hidalgo recalled how he developed a friendship with Puente when he met him at ten. Later, he had the opportunity and honor of working with Puente on documentaries, concerts, and record productions.
In 2015, he recorded three compositions, which he kept under lock and key until executive producer Yamil Joglar encouraged him to continue the project. At that point, Hidalgo contacted musicians who worked with Puente, such as Cita Rodríguez, Johnny “Dandy” Rodríguez, and Joe Madera.
Tribute to the King’s repertoire includes “4 Beat Cha Cha”, “Cuyi,” “Mambo Zooka,” “Traigo el Coco Seco,” “Aguanile,” “Caonao,” “Rezo a Yemayá,” among others.
Hidalgo recently announced he will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tito Puente on April 22 at 8:30 pm at the Tito Puente Amphitheater in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after which he will tour the United States and internationally.
Born in the New York neighborhood of Harlem to Puerto Rican parents who immigrated to the United States, “Tito” Puente grew up during the “Jazz Age,” listening to the Big Jazz Band, boleros and watching musicals on television.
His first success was achieved with “Abaniquito,” which he recorded in 1949. Later, from 1951 to 1955, he recorded the albums “Cuban Carnival,” “Puente Goes Jazz,” “Night Beat,” and “Dancemania.”
Puente and his music have appeared in The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba’s Calle 54 films. Also, he guest-starred on television shows such as Sesame Street and The Simpsons two-part episode “Who Shot Mr. Burns?”
In addition to recording more than 100 albums and composing more than 200 compositions, Puente was a highly revered musician and legend in Latin and jazz circles. Puente died on May 31, 2000, at 77.
Tribute to the King is the first of three volumes dedicated to Tito Puente. Volume 1 is available on all digital platforms.
Tito Puente’s Golden Latin Jazz All-StarsExcerpt from Fernando Trueba’s Calle 54
El legendario percusionista GIOVANNI HIDALGO presenta “TRIBUTO AL REY”, con un disco, concierto y gira mundial dedicado a la música de TITO PUENTE.
En 1996, cuando Hidalgo formaba parte del Golden Latin Jazz All-Stars de Puente, se acercó a Puente para pedirle un tributo y El Rey le dio su bendición.
En 2015 grabó tres composiciones, que mantuvo bajo llave hasta que el productor ejecutivo Yamil Joglar lo animó a continuar con el proyecto. En ese momento, Hidalgo contactó a músicos que trabajaron con Puente, como Cita Rodríguez, Johnny “Dandy” Rodríguez y Joe Madera.
Homenaje al repertorio del Rey incluye “4 Beat Cha Cha”, “Cuyi”, “Mambo Zooka”, “Traigo el Coco Seco”, “Aguanile”, “Caonao”, “Rezo a Yemayá”, entre otros.
Hidalgo anunció recientemente que celebrará el centenario del natalicio de Tito Puente el 22 de abril a las 8:30 pm en el Anfiteatro Tito Puente en San Juan, Puerto Rico, luego de lo cual realizará una gira por Estados Unidos e internacionalmente.
Nacido en el barrio neoyorquino de Harlem de padres puertorriqueños que emigraron a los Estados Unidos, “Tito” Puente creció durante la “Era del Jazz”, escuchando la Big Jazz Band, boleros y viendo musicales en televisión.
Su primer éxito lo logró con “Abaniquito”, que grabó en 1949. Posteriormente, de 1951 a 1955, grabó los discos “Cuban Carnival”, “Puente Goes Jazz”, “Night Beat” y “Dancemania”.
Puente y su música han aparecido en las películas Calle 54 de The Mambo Kings y Fernando Trueba. Además, apareció como estrella invitada en programas de televisión como Barrio Sésamo y el episodio de dos partes de Los Simpson, “¿Quién disparó al Sr. Burns?”
Además de grabar más de 100 álbumes y componer más de 200 composiciones, Puente fue un músico y una leyenda muy venerado en los círculos latinos y del jazz. Puente murió el 31 de mayo de 2000, a los 77 años.
Homenaje al Rey es el primero de tres volúmenes dedicados a Tito Puente. El volumen 1 está disponible en todas las plataformas digitales.

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Tomas Peña
A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.

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