Tito Puente Jr.
Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him â€“ imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It's in his looks, his joy, his music. No doubt, every time Tito Jr. walks on stage â€“ he walks in his father's footsteps.
Saturday, September 17 – 5:30 PM
The comparison is inevitable. How could it be otherwise? Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him â€“ imprinted onÂ his physical being and locked in his soul. It’s in his looks, his joy, his music. No doubt, every time Tito Jr. walks on stage â€“ he walks in his father’s footsteps.
He dances in celebration, throws his head back in pure joy and lights up the room with that oh-so-familiar smile. Tito Jr. is on a passionate mission. The younger Puente is determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father. He refuses to let it become a distant memory; “He was just too vibrant, too exciting. There was magic in the music my father made. It made people happy, all over the world. My goal is to keep it alive, and in doing so, expose it to a whole new generation.”
Tito Jr. has found captive audiences who echo his passion. Crowds once lured to a venue by the father’s magic have returned to enjoy the son â€“ participating once again in the high voltage celebration that takes place on stage.
Tito Puente, Jr. has become a favorite entertainer in casinos, performing arts centers and jazz festivals nationwide. In performing arts venues from the Kravis Center in Florida to Popejoy Hall in New Mexico, as well as outdoor concert events such as El Paso’s “Music Under the Stars” or Los Angeles’ Ford Amphitheater, rhythms ignite and Afro-Cuban beats fire up audiences, crossing cultures and generations.
In the spirit of giving back, Tito, Jr. has participated in 2 USO Tours performing for troops in Japan, Korea, Spain, and Italy. His appearances at fundraising events for causes including the Jerry Lewis MD Telethon and Toys for Tots help generate thousands of dollars annually.
Tito Jr. reveres the magnificent, lasting impact his father had on our musical lives. Audiences the world over agree there is nothing so perfect, pure or passionate than a tribute to a father from his son. “People who don’t know anything about Latin music know my father and people always, always smile when they say his name,” he confides. That is a very special gift, and it inspires and motivates me to bring his music to the world.”