Tito Puente is undoubtedly the best known Afro-Cuban musician. We remember this little man (in terms of size) who moved in front of his timpani a few years ago at the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice accompanied by a small orchestra which sounded almost like a big band. Tito Puente , in Nice, had a career of 45 years behind him, almost 40 of which as a leader. This outstanding musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger of great talent, never stopped playing, innovating by bringing the mambo from its role as dance music to that of Latin jazz, a much more elaborate music which already announces what is commonly called salsa . His musical journey has shaped Latin jazz today.