The 19th Annual Hope for All Gala
Take a look at this dynamic lineup.
The comparison is inevitable. How could it be otherwise? 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, and his music.
Tito, Jr. is on a passionate mission. The younger Puente is determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father. He refuses to let his father become a distant memory. “He was just too vibrant, too exciting. There was magic in the music my father made. It made people happy all over the world. He has found enthusiastic audiences who echo his passion. Crowds lured to avenue by the father are returning to see the son - and to once again participate in the high voltage celebration that takes place on stage.
His 2004 album, “In My Father’s Shoes” featured the classic Puente titles and was spun into a BET Jazz television special of the same name. He was seen in a tribute to his father’s music on NBC’s two hour special, “The Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem.” He has also appeared on the ABC soap opera hit “One Life to Live” (2006) in performance with his big band. Film credits include Engaging (2009) and The Sun Shines on theOther Side of the Street (2008). Symphony appearances include Dallas, San Antonio, Colorado, South Bend, the Palm Desert Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. Tito, Jr.’s 2010 CD release, “Got Mambo?” is a mixture of the old and the new as he takes a musical departure into some powerful
new music he can truly call his own. Guest artists Bobby Cruz and Hansel & Raul help make this a coming of age project for Puente, Jr. and the album is receiving heavy praise from Tropical and Latin Jazz critics alike. In 2011 he was invited to perform on
ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.” And in 2014 we can look forward to another hit CD, all the while continuing a busy worldwide touring schedule, including regular USO tours.
Dancing with the Stars:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge2DInEbyoU
Mambo at the Bowl (Australia)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV9_RaoHNks
The Timbalive project burst into the music scene in Miami in August 2008, created by Leo Garcia (Director, Timba’s, Vocals), offering the best of Cuban Music with a mix of different rhythms from around the world and sophisticated production techniques, offering a spectacular live show.Timbalive is a Miami based group, and all members are highly trained musicians from music schools in Cuba. Members have played with the best musicians known around the world such as Amaury Gutierrez, Willy Chirino, Albita Rodriguez, Isaac Delgado, Manolin (doctor of Salsa), Group Afrocuba, Carlos Manuel, Luis Enrique, Rey Ruiz, Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz, Paulo FG, Clave y Guaguanco, and Oscar de Leon.
In May 2009, Timbalive began recording their first album with musical producer Bayron Ramos (trombone / arrangements / music production) and executive producer Leo Garcia (Director, Timbales, Vocals / Executive production).With songs of their own inspiration and other composers such as Juan Formel and Amaury Gutierrez, the new album, "From Miami a la Habana" is a Latin sensation!
Since the release of their album, Timbalive established itself in the limelight of international music scene, featured in the top of the Top 10 around the world, especially in Europe and South America, and ranks number three in sales in the Top 150 Latino.
Timbalive has been awarded for Album revelation of the year 2009 in France, and the best album of Timba in Peru.
If the title “the Cuban Adele” sounds like a big deal, it’s because it is. To be dubbed as such means to be in the company of one of the most talented vocalists on the planet. “It’s an honor,” says Yoli Mayor, a performer who's been given the nickname by both the Miami Herald and Huffington Post.Mayor has created her own soulful sound that earned her a standing ovation and praise from the judges on “America’s Got Talent.”
In the years since its premiere on Miami Beach, the Ensemble has grown in the eyes of audiences and critics as the most exciting and ambitious contemporary dance troupe in the area.
“…..unabashed beauty…” (Annie Hollingsworth, Artburst)
“…not only elegant and fierce, but dedicated to its community…a mature, exciting and hounds breaking company” (Miguel Estefan, Miami Art Guide)