Tito Puente's Timbales

Born in New York City's Spanish Harlem to Puerto Rican parents, Tito Puente became one of the most important Latino bandleaders, composers, arrangers, and percussionists of his generation. He mastered both Afro-Caribbean music and jazz, contributing to the development of Latin Jazz, mambo, and salsa. In collaboration with other great Latin music and jazz artists, he brought a new Latin sound to American music.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Puente, Tito
Latin Percussion
overall: 126 cm x 70 cm x 63 cm; 49 5/8 in x 27 9/16 in x 24 13/16 in
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Garfield
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Cultures & Communities
Music & Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
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National Museum of American History
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Visitor Comments

9/20/2015 12:15:31 PM
Drew French
What are the Tito Puente timbales in your collection made of? Are they gold-leafed or gold plated? Please advise.
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