Reuniting to tell the story of Mambo King Tito Puente has been exciting and in the book trailer we hoped to create a sense of the dance between a writer and artist as the words and images comingle.
I had the great opportunity to create the Latin Music Legend stamp celebrating Tito Puente for the United States Postal Service. During that time I read everything I could find about the godfather of salsa. I poured over old videos of his exhilarating performances, scanned old photos and immersed myself fully into his music.
|Tito Puente Jr. at a stamp release celebration|
That stamp gave me the chance to meet Tito Puente Jr. and our conversations reinforced my notions of his father's electric personality. I learned that Celia Cruz was his godmother. I showed him the illustrations and genuinely appreciated the support of Tito Puente Jr. for this book " Now his name and likeness will reach a brand new group of young fans who will appreciate his genius and talent".
|Before he could walk, Tito was making music. He banged spoons and forks on pots and pans, windowsills and cans.|
|He was so loud his neighbors in Spanish Harlem said, "Get that boy some Music lessons!"|
|On weekends Tito played magical mambos and beautiful cha-chas with different bands at the Palladium Ballroom|
|He made music with Celia Cruz, Santana and La Lupe.|
|The dancers twirled, the lights swirled, and the mambo went on and on...|
I'm looking forward to connecting with children about Tito's unforgettable legacy and vibrant music.