Tito Puente’s Drumming with the Mambo King

Jim Payne, Tito Puente

An extensive biography and history of Afro-Cuban music, with step-by-step instruction in Afro-Cuban music for timbales and drumset.

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The late, great Tito Puente was a giant in the world of Latin music. This exceptional book/audio package, Drumming with the Mambo King, co-written with Jim Payne, includes an extensive biography of Tito, a history of Afro-Cuban music, archival photos and step-by-step instruction in Afro-Cuban music for timbales and drumset.

Words of advice from the Mambo King himself accompany the timbale and drumset instructional examples by Tito and Jim Payne. AND…included with the 187 page book are 53 audio files, including the original recordings of twelve of Tito’s classics, the mambos and cha chas that made him famous, along with band director Jose Madera’s authentic hand-written charts for these songs. Also included are transcriptions of three of Tito’s most famous timbale solos. Audio files are embedded directly in the book, and also available as a download when purchased from

eBook | 187 pages | with Audio


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