New York State and City of New York to Honor Tito Puente Today 7/15


New York 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 at 4:00 PM at 424 W. 33rd St., Suite 440 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" ("The King"). Tito Puente was featured in the film "The Mambo Kings" as himself.

WHEN: Thursday, July 15 at 4:00 PM

WHERE: 424 W. 33rd St., Suite 440 in Manhattan, NY

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