Tito Puente, Jr

Kenneth E. Mangano With Senator Malcolm A. Smith, Tito Puente, Jr., Lance E. Kuba, William V. Ferro and Adelina M. Skylar

George Martinez With Senator Malcolm A. Smith And William V. Ferro

New York State Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo and William Ferro of 1800-Cantaso joined Tito Puente, Jr. in a special ceremony and press conference honoring Latin music king and legend Tito Puente in Manhattan. They announced a major tribute concert for Tito Puente featuring some of the nation's best performers.

City of New York officials will be made a special presentation. Hundreds of Latino government, civic, community and business leaders attended. 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.

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Photos By: James Edstrom