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Tito Puente Retrospective Full Schedule



Tito Puente by Mike Albans - Associated Press

Latin Percussion workshop
Tito Puente Retrospective - Latin Percussion
Following the family concert at 1:30 PM, Mambo Legends Orchestra members Jose Madera and John “Dandy” Rodriguez as well as Nicaraguan-American Latin Jazz percussionist and educator Annette Aguilar lead a Percussion Workshop in the Black Box Theater. They will discuss and demonstrate the rudiments and nuances of Latin percussion including congas, bongos, and timbales. All ages are welcome. Admission is free but registration is required.

Panel Discussion
Tito Puente Retrospective - Don't Call It Salsa
Don’t Call it Salsa: The Impact of Tito Puente on Latin Music”  a panel discussion on Tito Puente’s impact on Latin jazz and Latin music follows in the Repertory Theater at 3:30 PM. Loren Schoenberg, Founder and Senior Scholar of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, moderates. Panelists include: Latin Jazz percussionist and educator Annette Aguilar; Puente archivist, biographer, and confidante, Joe Conzo, Sr., bassist / bandleader Carlos Henriquez;  the eminent Latin musicologist and record producer René López; former Puente Music Director Jose Madera; percussionist and Típica‘73 founder,  John “Dandy” Rodriguez,  and Tito Puente’s eldest son, vibraphonist Ronnie Puente. Admission is free but tickets are required.

Closing Concert
Tito Puente Retrospective - The Mambo Legends
The 18-piece Mambo Legends Orchestra perform “Rediscovering Lost Treasures of the Palladium Era” at 7:30 PM in the Main Theater. Led by Jose Madera, John “Dandy” Rodriguez, and Mitch Frohman, featuring many Puente Orchestra alumni, the music from this night will be from Puente’s early years, 1950 to 1966, known as the “Palladium Era,” after the dance venue that was transformational for Latin bands at the time.  For this event, Madera, the Legends’ Music Director, has transcribed and arranged material from the six different instrumental iterations of the Orchestra, some of which has not been heard in over 50 years. Among the rarities to be performed from the 1950s include “Chang,” featuring guest vibraphonist Ronnie Puente (eldest son of Tito), “Caramelos,” featuring vocalist Cita Rodríguez, and “Tus Ojos.” Jim Byers, host of The Latin Flavor on Washington D.C.’s WPFW, will be the master of ceremonies. Orchestra seating is $30 and Mezzanine seating is $25; $5 for students and under 18.

Dance Party
Tito Puente Retrospective - Dance Mania
The Retrospective ends with Dance Mania, a dance party appropriately named after Tito Puente’s best-known and best-selling album, in the Hostos Café immediately after the performance at approximately 9:30 PM. Salsa Warrior DJ Roy will spin Puente’s hits for dancing. Tickets are $10 and include two beverage tickets for wine or a soft drink. The Dance is available for concert ticket holders only.

Tickets are available and can be purchased by calling (718) 518-4455 or online at All reservations and registrations for free events can be made by calling (718) 518-4455. Weekend passes for both evening concerts and the dance party can be purchased for $45 and include the best available seats. Box Office window hours are Mon. – Fri., 1 PM to 4 PM. Hostos Community College can be reached by the IRT 2, 4, 5, and busses Bx1, Bx2, Bx19 to East 149th Street and the Grand Concourse.

This retrospective is made possible by the support of the Hostos Community College Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the New York State Council on the Arts; New York State Assemblyman José Rivera; New York City Councilmember Rafael Salamanca Jr.; and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Media partners include Univision 41 New York and WADO 1280 AM.

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