Tito Puente

Tito Puente is considered one of the most legendary forces behind the Latin jazz genre. The late musician who is known as both "El Rey de los Timbales" and "The King of Latin Music," was inspired by jazz drummer Gene Krupa. Thanks to that influence, Puente began studying percussion, and soon became the most famous timbales player on the scene.

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Miranda Noland, Senior Photo Editor, Digital

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.