Tito Puente and the Mambo: "Crossing Musical Borders" examines historical, cultural and musical perspectives relating to the mambo and Tito Puente's influence on this genre and American popular culture.
The book begins by examining the origins of Cuban musical styles, their transformation in the 20th century, and their adoption by Puerto Rican-Americans. It then examines the development of Mambo in the United States and Tito Puente's role in popularizing and the merging of other genres to it. The social construction of Mambo and the recognition and influences of Tito Puente are also discussed as well as the participants that helped popularized the Mambo during the 20th century.
Robert A. Chavez Jr. M.M. (California State University Los Angeles), B.M.(University of Texas San Antonio) , A.A.S.(San Antonio College) has had a distinguished career as a trumpeter, international jazz and Latin music arranger/composer, music educator and jazz ensemble director with 24 years of experience in the United States Army Band Program, professional bands, universities, private schools and private studio.
Robert is credited with bringing Latin music to the military band programs. He created an awareness of the importance it produces to our military troops, families and communities.
Robert has won many musical awards and accolades here in the United States and overseas. He has performed with international renowned artists: Perez Prado and his Orchestra, Celia Cruz, Lee Greenwood, Ron Kenoly, Ismael Miranda, Larry Harlow and Perry Como among others.
Robert is from San Antonio, Texas.