State Senate President Malcolm
A. Smith, Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo
and William Ferro of 1800-Cantaso will join
Tito Puente, Jr. in a special ceremony
and press conference honoring Latin music
king and legend
Tito Puente tomorrow, Thursday,
July 15 in Manhattan, NY. They will be
announcing a major tribute concert for
Tito Puente featuring some of the
nation's best performers.
City of New
York officials will be also making a special
presentation. Hundreds of Latino government,
civic, community and business leaders will
be attending as well. It has been a decade
since the music icon has passed away.
Tito Puente was born on April 20, 1923,
in New York City. He is best known for the
dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz music he
created throughout a musical career spanning
over 50 years, during which he recorded 120
albums, composed more than 450 compositions,
and had over 2,000 arrangements to his
credit. He performed in over 10,000 events
around the world. Puente received numerous
awards for his work, including five Grammy
Awards. He was popularly referred to as "The
King of Latin Music" or "El Rey"
Tito Puente was featured in the film
"The Mambo Kings" as himself.