Sparks fly, rhythms ignite and hail to the king is played in afro-Cuban rhythms. Into this world of fiery music crossing both cultures and generations dances the young prince, Tito Puente, Jr. National heir to the throne of El Rey, he is unmistakably the son, physically, spiritually and musically of Tito Puente, seminal bandleader, percussionist and legendary good will ambassador of Latin music.
Young Tito's heart is rooted deep in the musical soul of his father. But he is staking out a future in the affectionate response of those who want a modern edge added to the sensuous music that runs through all Latin lives. Tito is taking his own eclectic sound and like his father before him is making history and moving generations.
Tito has had two Spanish-language albums, several Billboard dance hits and a Latin Music Award for Best Salsa Video of the Year for his cover of his father's signature Oye Como Va. His second album contained the single Caliente with the arrangement by El Rey himself.
Tito was born and raised in New York City, feeling the rhythms of the music before he could walk or talk. Naturally, his first instrument was percussion, "I had no choice; there were 50 sets of timbales in the garage." Later he added piano, songwriting and producing.
Tito learned his craft and honed his talents playing the New York City club scene with other well-known Latin artists including the "Queen of Salsa," Celia Cruz.
Carrying his father's torch, Tito brings the music to a whole new generation in his
latest CD entitled, En Los Zapatos De Mi Padre, (In My Father's Shoes). "I am now performing the music of Tito Puente. I think it's very important that the youth of today understand the music of my father. It's timeless music that makes you dance."
Tito Puente, Jr. carries his father with him, imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It's in his looks, his joy, and his music. Every time Tito Jr. walks on stage, he walks in his father's footsteps.