Tito Puente was a pioneering force in jazz, creating a new fusion of big band, Latin and salsa music. The JazzMN Orchestra and Twin Cities percussionist Rey Rivera will be your guides honoring Tito, performing his original transcripts, along with many works inspired by this jazz legend.
The JazzMN Orchestra includes many of the Twin Cities' finest jazz musicians. Members have performed with some of the world's most famous big bands, including Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Artie Shaw, and Woody Herman. Formed as a nonprofit jazz arts organization by Artistic Director Douglas Snapp in 1998, JazzMN is a professional orchestra combining the talents of outstanding jazz musicians from throughout the Twin Cities, and follows the models of classical orchestras in striving for artistic excellence.