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Tito Puente born 1923

Tito Puente

Born April 20th 1923 in New York City

The son of Puerto Ricanimmigrants, Puente grew up in new York City'sSpanish Harlem. He learned to play several instruments as a child. After serving in the US Navy during World War II, Puente returned to New York.Puente used money from the G.I. Bill to study at New York City's famed Juilliard School.

In 1948, he formed a band later known as the Tito Puente Orchestra. By the 1950s, the band was attracting large crowds.Fans enjoyed the way Puente put a big band spin on traditional Latin dances, mixing Latin sounds with jazz.

With other Latin musicians, he helped give rise in the 1950s to the golden age of mambo. Puente's dynamicstage presence quickly made him a star.

Puente maintained a busy performance schedule with a number of leading jazz performers, symphony orchestras and many stars of Latin music. Puente was responsible for introducing American audiences to a number of Latin musicians,

In addition to making more than 100 albums and creating more than 200 compositions, Puente had become a highly revered musician, regarded as a musical legend in Latin music and jazz circles.

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