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November 13, 2002


Jazz band to pay tribute to king of Latin music

The CSUS department of music is presenting a concert tribute to the Latin stylings of the late Tito Puente at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26. The performance will take place in the CSUS Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.

The CSUS Jazz Ensemble 1 and CSUS Latin Jazz Ensemble 1 will perform together along with local Latin percussion experts Harold Muniz and Eddie Diaz, of salsa band Conquista Musical.

Tito Puente was a bandleader, composer and percussionist who rose to stardom during the 1950s and paved the way for Latin musicians from Carlos Santana to Marc Anthony. Throughout his career, he recorded more than 100 albums, won five Grammys and played himself in the 1992 movie Mambo Kings. He wrote the song "Oye Como Va" years before it became a rock hit for Santana.

"Tito Puente is one of the most important figures in defining the Latin jazz movement," says Steve Roach, concert director and music professor. "I thought it was important for CSUS students to learn more about Latin-based music and specifically how the melodies weave together and fit into these complex rhythms."

All but two of the 10 pieces that will be performed were composed and arranged by Puente.

Tickets are $8 general and $5 student. Tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or at tickets.com at (916) 766-2277.

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