Tito Puente Jr. & Orchestra
Miami, FL – 6/14/04 In the ultimate musical tribute from a son to a father, Protel/Universal recording artist Tito Puente, Jr., has released "In My Father’s Shoes," a sensational collection of songs made famous by his late father and mentor, Latin musical pioneer Tito Puente. This CD features 12 tracks performed by Puente with his 14-piece orchestra and guest artists.
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"In My Fathers Shoes,” is a salute to “El Rey de Timbale” ("King of Timbales”), Tito Puente Sr. The elder Puente, who died in 2000 at the age of 77, was the #1 goodwill ambassador of Latin music for decades, turning it into a truly global phenomenon. His legacy lives on thanks in large part to Tito Puente, Jr. Guest artists appearing on his mostly instrumental album include saxophonist Mario Rivera (a member of the original Tito Puente orchestra) and Cali Aleman, lead singer of the popular Colombian band Grupo Niche. Puente classics included on the new CD are "Ran Kan Kan," "Mambo Gozon," and the first single to radio, “El Cayuco.”
Now a resident of Miami, Tito Jr. was born and raised in New York City with a Puerto Rican descent. Under the tutelage of his father, "El Rey," his first instrument was percussion. Later, he attended school in Long Island where he further developed his skills a musician while studying piano and composition at home. When he was old enough, Tito began playing the New York City club scene with other well-known Latin artists from the area. In his current band, Tito is the lead signer and percussionist. He still plays the piano but uses it mainly for writing songs. Moreover living in culturally diverse Miami has had a most positive effect on Tito's creativity and innovative approach to his music.
I'm thrilled with the many faces and sounds of Miami. The opportunity to listen to music from Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world has allowed me to expand my own musical horizons, so my music can reach more people."
Tito's debut album, "Guarachando," which he Co-produced for the EMI-Latin label, featured the hit single "Oye Como Va" (a cover of his father's signature standard), which charted at #7 on Billboard's Dance chart and earned him a Latin Music Award for "Best Video of the Year."
Tito Puente Jr. has performed in many parts of the world, but mostly in North and South America. He has been featured in magazines, newspapers and television programs such as Urban Latino, Latin Style, American Way, Reggae Report, People En Español, Radio & Musica, DMA, Billboard, The Miami Herald, Good Day New York, E Entertainment, CBS Noticias, NBC, Canada News, Onda Max, Control, Caliente, Primer Impacto, El Gordo y La Flaca, Ocurrio Asi and has also appeared in an HBO special.
Thrilled with the support he had gotten from his father who had also been known to sit in with his son's band on occasion - Tito plans to follow in his foot steps, creating for his generation what "El Rey" has done for his own in the past fifty years. Tito continues his quest with his sophomore efforts titled "Sientelo" (Feel It), which is already getting rave reviews with his hit "Azucar and also with his second single "Caliente," which is a tribute to his father. "Caliente" has today's Urban salsa sound and yesterday's, and it is sure to cross all borders.
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