Press Release


Event Date: May 12, 2018


King of Latin Music, Tito Puente Jr., to Perform in Newburgh, New York


A Spicy Spring evening filled with Mambo, Latin Jazz and entertainment featuring dancing to the music of the Tito Puente Jr. Ensemble.
Newburgh, NY - Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him – imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It's in his looks, his joy, his music. No doubt, every time Tito Jr. walks on stage – he walks in his father's footsteps. Now, on Saturday, May 12, 2018, he will be taking the stage at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh, NY
The Tito Puente Jr. Latin Jazz Ensemble, with special guests The Latin Jazz Express, will be playing at a special fundraising concert/dance party on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. at Newburgh’s Ritz Theater
(107 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550).  Proceeds benefit the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy Student Scholarship Fund.
Puente plans to shake up the audience with all the excitement of a night at the New York Palladium. The Puente name is synonymous with Latin music, especially in the dance-oriented sub-genres of mambo, cha-cha, and salsa, but also in the jazz world. Puente said his father deserved every accolade he received because his contribution to American and Latin jazz is undeniable.
 “My father’s big band arrangements from the 1940s and 1950s brought the horn sections and combined them with the Afro-Cuban sounds of the conga, timbale and the bongo. For many listeners, the gateway into the musical world of Puente was through the song “Oye Como Va.” Originally released in 1963, it was picked up and recorded by guitarist Carlos Santana in 1970. The popularity of the song helped boost both his and Santa’s careers.
Now, the 44-year-old son is on a mission to bring his father’s music to the world, music that vibrates at the intersection of big-band jazz and Latin rhythms. To do this music justice, you can’t skimp on the horns: Puente’s orchestra includes baritone, tenor and alto sax, one or two trombones and two trumpets. “That’s something that’s lacking today,” he notes. “They don’t have that power of the brass section.” A five-piece rhythm section, with conga, timbales, bass, piano and trap set, completes the ensemble. 
$25.00, General Concert, Dance Admission Only, 8pm
$50.00, Reserved Table Concert Seating + Hors d’Oeuvres,
$100.00, Reserved Table Concert Seating + Hors d’ Oeuvres + 6:30 pm Tito Jr. “Meet & Greet + Dance Lesson,

To order tickets call 1-800-838-3006 or

Nora Cronin Presentation Academy (NCPA),, is a beacon of hope for young, underserved, primarily Hispanic girls in the City of Newburgh, NY.  The private middle school, supported primarily through donations, Nora Cronin Presentation Academy has, for the last eleven years, been successful in providing “a pathway out of poverty through education—one girl at a time.” 


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