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Tito Puente: 'El Rey'

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Broadcast: Sept. 13, at 4:00 p.m. 

A dynamic percussionist, veteran bandleader, masterful arranger and an irrepressible showman, Tito Puente Sr. is forever remembered as El Rey — the King of Latin Music.    

 

In more than 50 years of fusing American jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythms, Puente was central to the ongoing popularity of Latin music in the U.S.  

Produced by: NPR Music

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