Tito freakin' Puente! OMG is an understatement.
Here's the scoop: I was still in HS and my sister (far right) was attending Baruch College. Every year they had a Jazz Concert and when she told me Tito, the King of the Timbales (drums) was going to be there, of course I was going to skip school one day and go to the concert! (I am not condoning truancy, but I got straight A's mostly and I was a nerd who never skipped school, so one day couldn't hurt. And to meet a legend sometimes you just gotta skip school)
My mother wholeheartedly approved and even came with me (she's cut off in the pic, but she has her hand on Tito) I am far left with the biggest smile I ever had in life. My sister's friend Zoe is standing next to me.
Fashionwise, it's hard to see my outfit in the pic, but I did think about what to wear. I needed comfort. It was the fall, so I choose a pair of Levi's 501's, a white cotton sweater and I am holding a thrifted, caramel colored suede jacket! My sister and I were very into 70's suede jackets at the time. She is wearing one of my other suede blazers in blue with white stiching.
Note: This is similar to the style of my sister and I wore. A take on 70's suede with more modern styling. Great for the fall if you shop off season like I usually do.
What a day! I didn't think we'd meet him too! Long story short, he was amazing and sweet as can be. My mom even kissed him on the cheek (she's so fresh!)
At that time I always kept my hair pretty long. Great day that I'll always remember. Here are a few clips to see his genius. And if you don't know Spanish, no worries because I just know the rhythm is gonna get ya!
RIP Tito Puente
Tito breakin it down! Descarga is basically the point in the salsa song that is like a solo and all hell breaks loose!
His partner in crime, Celia Cruz. I saw them together at the Blue Note cafe in NYC. They go together like peanut butter and jelly!