An NYC Mambo, Boogaloo and Salsa Family Tree

Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente (1923–2000) Of Puerto Rican heritage and born in “El Barrio” of Spanish Harlem, Puente was known as “The King of the Timbales,” yet was actually a multi-instrumentalist (noted for his vibes playing) as well as an accomplished arranger and composer. Puente was equally at home in the Latin dance and jazz […]