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Tito Puente Remembered

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Tito Puente Remembered

Tito Puente Remembered

Tito Puente Remembered

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Recollections of bandleader, composer and arranger Tito Puente by vibrophonist Dave Samuels. Samuels played many times with Puente and his band — remembers those times with Puente fondly. Tito Puente died Wednesday of complications after open heart surgery. He was 77. David Samuels is the founding member of the Caribbean Jazz Project.

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