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Tito Puente, Jr. is determined to preserve the legacy of his father, the “King of Latin Music.”
To this end, Puente, Jr., a talented performer in his own right, has most recently connected with Pacific Mambo Orchestra.
The Latin Big Band ensemble and Puente, Jr. take the stage 8 p.m. Friday at Popejoy Hall.
After studying music and composition, Puente, Jr. joined a heavy metal band. But it wasn’t long before he returned to his roots and dabbled in different Latin music groups. Puente, Jr. has spent the last five years reverently paying tribute to his late father’s music, effectively making himself an audience favorite worldwide.
In 2004, Puente, Jr. released an album “En Los Pasos de Mi Padre,” or “In My Father’s Shoes,” which featured renditions of his father’s classics.
This album became the basis for a BET Jazz television special.
Most recently, he appeared as a musical guest on the hit television series “Dancing With The Stars.” His father’s fan base has enthusiastically embraced Puente, Jr. for his faithful renditions of Puente Sr.’s work, delivered with charisma and skill.
Both Puente, Jr. and Grammy-Award winner Marlow Rosado join Pacific Mambo Orchestra for its 2013 tour.
The orchestra made waves when it established itself as one of the most exciting acts in the Bay Area within just six months.
Since its inception in 2010, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra has impressed the Latin music scene.
This 19-piece ensemble from San Francisco revives the Latin Big Band sounds popularized during the 1940s through 1960s. Its repertoire includes classic numbers in their original form, though some they arrange with a contemporary edge. Arturo O’Farrill, leader of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, said “The [Pacific Mambo Orchestra] is bristling with kinetic energy,” and Salsa-Trips.com said it is “one of the best current Latin orchestras in the world. “
Tickets for Pacific Mambo Orchestra Featuring Tito Puente, Jr. are currently on sale for $54, $49, $39 and $20.
Tickets can be purchased at the University of New Mexico Ticket Offices and select area Albertsons locations, or online at popejoypresents.com or unmtickets.com.
To charge by phone, call 877-664-8661 or 925-5858. Group orders for 15, or more may be placed by calling 344-1779.