Jazz band to pay tribute to king of Latin music
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
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.