Tito, what was the family’s initial reaction upon receiving the news? Did you have to think about it or was it an immediate “yes”?
Tito: It was a no brainer for me! We’ve seen everything Mr. Olmos has produced and it’s absolutely phenomenal. My mother has always been a fan. They’ve known each other for many years. I know Edward was a good friend of my father, he was there at his passing on May 31st. Both families were going back and forth. We’ve been trying to get together for some time now to get some sort of story or documentary and bring this story to life. I’m glad we all got together. We’re going to give Edward the best quality of footage and insight on how Tito Puente was at home, the husband, the father.
What do you think these projects will signify for the new generation of artists and music lovers?
Tito: My dad has some very big fans, young and old. Everyone loves Tito Puente’s music. He was such a huge influence on the new generation and in the 20-year since his passing, we were compelled to team up with someone that knew his story, was personal friends with him, and can really tell it in a productive and clear and honest way. My dad had ups and downs in his career and he would always be innovative and come back with a new sound, whether it was Latin jazz or his Afro-Cuban roots or he would go back to his Puerto Rican heritage. He would stick his timbal-playing into other genres just to keep up with the new generation. One thing’s for sure, if you listen to a Tito Puente album, even today, it sounds so advanced for his time. Again, I’m happy that we got this opportunity and I’m so happy to be working with Mr. Olmos and his sons, they’re great producers. A new generation is going to discover fantastic music.
If Tito Puente were alive today, how do you think he would have reacted to this docuseries and film?
Edward: We talked about this when he was alive!
Tito: I think he would say, “don’t ask me any question, man!” He’ll say something sarcastic. And I think he’ll get a kick out of it, especially knowing that Edward is doing it.
Is there a set release date for these projects?
Edward: There’s no rush but yet we’re all in a rush. 2020 marks his 20th anniversary, that’s why we’re doing this but it’ll be here when it needs to be here