The Latin magic of Tito Puente Jr. will excite a variety of music lovers, as the “Mambo King” brings his salsa music and dance band to the Skaneateles Area Arts Council’s (SKARTS) 8th annual gala at Stella Maris Retreat Center (a former Roosevelt Family lakeside estate), July 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tito is bringing his 12 piece band from New York and Miami to perform salsa, Latin jazz, and Afro-Cuban music by the beautiful shores of Skaneateles Lake.
Following the legacy of his father, Tito Puente Jr. evokes passion from his audiences with his own brand of tropical and Latin jazz music and dance. From performing arts centers and symphony halls to casino and jazz festivals worldwide, Tito Puente Jr. has performed in more than 300 shows in the last five years. His 2004 album, “In My Father’s Shoes,” was adapted into a BET Jazz television special. His symphony appearances include Dallas, San Antonio, Colorado and South Bend. Upcoming performances include the Palm Desert Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch.
In a special tribute to his father, Tito Puente Jr. appeared on NBC’s two-hour special “The Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem.” He also appeared on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live,” along with his big band. Puente’s newest CD release, “Got Mambo?” is a mixture of the old and the new, as he takes a musical departure into powerful new music he can truly call his own. Guest artist Bobby Cruz and Hansel & Raul help make this a coming-of-age project for Puente, with the album receiving heavy praise from Latin jazz critics.
CNY Fertility/CNY Healing Arts/Dr. Robert J. Kiltz is the title sponsor; over 40 companies and families are also sponsoring the annual gala.
Tickets for cocktails, dinner and dancing are $125. VIP tickets are $250. For more information, call Fouad Dietz at 315-685-6655. To purchase tickets, please go to: http://skarts.org/tickets/.