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Ep. 8: Mambo Master Tito Puente Jr.

June 2, 2019

(Originally released on 03.06.18. See for complete show notes & photos)

In Spanish, “puente” means bridge. Tito Jr, the son of the legendary Tito Puente has managed to “bridge” his fathers legacy of incredible music to a new generation of fans and musicians. From growing up playing drums in death metal bands to leading his own orchestra, Tito Jr. has traveled the world sharing the music and style of his father.

You can’t discuss Latin music or music in general without mentioning the great Tito Puente. After his passing, his son Tito Jr. decided to keep his fathers legacy of incredible music alive by forming his own orchestra and exposing his fathers music to a new generation. His remix of ‘”Oye Como Va” shot up the charts and won a Latin Grammy award. Tito Jr. has toured the world in front of sell out crowds as he continues to inspire and share his fathers music. Tito Jr. is working on a new album and his latest release “Mi Socio” became an instant hit. If you want to hear timeless music and dance a little, or a lot, go see Tito Puente Jr. when he comes to your town.

We recorded this episode as Tito Jr. relaxed at his South Florida home. This session was insightful, at times serious, at times hilarious. We think you’ll enjoy this episode and learn more about Latin music and the legacy of Tito, Tito Jr and their music.


  • Growing up with dad
  • Playing drums and listening to death metal
  • Latin drummers are Familia
  • Ricardo meeting Tito in concert
  • Being a bandleader
  • The Puente Sound
  • Advice for students and young musicians
  • You Gotta Learn to Read!!
  • Network with other musicians and you’ll always work
  • Latin Music today
  • Working with A.B. Quintanella
  • Re-recording “Oye Como Va”
  • The void Tito left and carrying on the legacy
  • Mexican Artists & Female Artists
  • Tito touring the world
  • The Power of Music: Jenn Kaye
  • Parkland Florida School Shooting
  • Willie Colon
  • Carlos Enriquez (one of many…)
  • Victor Manuelle
  • Celia Cruz
  • Santos Colon
  • Charlie & Eddie Palmieri
  • Machito
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Future (one of the best answers of any episode)

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